The CLG 4 / CG 4 Photo Tour

Navy and other "Official" Photographs

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USS Little Rock at unknown locale USS Little Rock Underway - At Gibraltar

USS Little Rock underway with canvas awnings rigged.
This photo was previously posted as "Mystery Photo #25".
From various sources we've concluded that the
photo was most likely
taken as
LITTLE ROCK arrived at Gibraltar on 27 Feb 1970

Probably an
Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
USS Little Rock 25th Anniversary
USS Little Rock, 25th Anniversary (?)

Air view of USS Little Rock underway. Photo shows crew
(U.S.M.C. personnel?) forming the numerals "25" on 04 level.
Probably taken 17 Jun 1970, the 25th Anniversary of ship's
commissioning, in preparation for Sec. of Defense Melvin Laird

arrival by helo on that day
. (See 1970 Chronology page.)

Photo source uncertain.
Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
Little Rock on 25th Anniversary
USS Little Rock, 25th Anniversary (?)

Probably taken on 17 Jun 1970

An air view similar to the above photo shows USS Little Rock
underway with crew mustering on deck in whites. A somewhat
closer view than the above photo.

Photo source uncertain.
Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
Little Rock in Rota Spain
USS Little Rock, Rota Spain

Docked at Rota Naval Station, Spain 27 August 1970.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
- #K-86514

USS Little Rock at Newport, RI after return from Med Cruise

Date: Sept 1970

Received from CDR Joseph Nolan - XO
CLG 4 entering Boston Harbor
USS Little Rock entering Boston Harbor

On October 1970 USS Little Rock heads into Boston Harbor
on her way to the Boston Naval Shipyard  for scheduled
maintenance and overhaul.

Photo is from the collection of Franklin W Davis ll
(FN, 1968-72, A Division) and is used by permission.
Click HERE to see other photos by Shipmate Davis.
Little Rock Boston Mar 71
USS Little Rock, Boston, MA

In Boston Naval Shipyard, 28 Mar 1971 undergoing inclining experiments.

Official U.S. Navy Photo.


USS Little Rock entering channel to Naval Station Newport, RI

In the distance is the Claiborne Pell Suspension Bridge.
08 Sept 1971

Received from CDR Joseph Nolan - XO
newport 1971
Crowd at Naval Station Newport eagerly waits for Little Rock to moor.

08 Sept 1971

Received from CDR Joseph Nolan - XO
newport 1971c
USS Little Rock dependents look down from Little Rock's Flying Bridge

Possibly Norfolk, 24 Sep 1971

Received from CDR Joseph Nolan - XO
Little Rock in Med
USS Little Rock in the Med

Underway in the Mediterranean Sea 5 January 1972.

Taken by PH1 Robert D. Fennell, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98961
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Boston NSY Dec 72
USS Little Rock, Boston, MA

In Boston Naval Shipyard, 11 December 1972 undergoing inclining experiments.

Official U.S. Navy Photo #98983

Little Rock 1970's
USS Little Rock ca. 1970's

Exact date and location are uncertain. Probably early 1970's.

Most likely an official U.S. Navy Photo.
Little Rock in Northern Europe
USS Little Rock in Northern European Waters

Photographed circa 1972, probably in northern European waters.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH82583
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Underway No. Europe
USS Little Rock in Northern European Waters

This photograph was originally hand-labeled "USS Little Rock at Gaeta".
We believe the photo was incorrectly labeled, and was in fact taken on the
same occasion as the photo above. (Note the helicopter on the fantail.)

Most likely an Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Springfield and Little Rock USS Little Rock arriving in Gaeta, Italy

29 August 1973

In this photo the USS
LITTLE ROCK CLG 4 is just arriving in Gaeta, Italy to relieve the USS SPRINGFIELD CLG 7 as flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet. (Note the crew in whites manning the rail and the Marine standing on the bow ready to raise the Union Jack). LITTLE ROCK is being towed to the NATO fuel pier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Photo taken by PH2 Joseph Greco
Springfield and Little Rock
USS Little Rock with USS Springfield in Gaeta, Italy

29 August 1973

USS LITTLE ROCK moored outboard of  SPRINGFIELD at the NATO fuel pier Gaeta, ItalyOn 01 Sept 1973 the transfer of the Sixth Fleet Flag was completed and LITTLE ROCK assumed the duties of  flagship. LITTLE ROCK and SPRINGFIELD then moved to anchorages in the harbor.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Photo taken by PH2 Joseph Greco
CLG 4 and CLG7 at Gaeta, Italy 1973 USS Little Rock with USS Springfield in Gaeta, Italy

September 1973

USS LITTLE ROCK CLG 4 in the foreground and USS SPRINGFIELD CLG 7 moored at Gaeta, Italy sometime after the transfer of the Sixth Fleet Flag was completed.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Photo taken by PH2 Joseph Greco
Little Rock in Med
USS Little Rock in Gaeta, Italy

Circa 1974


On 04 Sept 2008 Padre Paolo Andrea Natta, Chaplain Raffaele University, Milan, Italy wrote.... "Please take note that the photo represents the Little Rock in the Gulf of Gaeta, Italy. Behind the ship you can see the Gianola Peninsula."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - NH-83498-KN
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

CLG 4 at Malta ca. 1975
USS Little Rock, at Valletta, Malta

  USS Little Rock moored in Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta
ca. 1975


Photo source unknown.
Little Rock comes alongside NEOSHO
LITTLE ROCK with USS NEOSHO AO 143

LITTLE ROCK pulls alongside USS Neosho AO 143
in preparation to take on fuel in the Mediterranean Sea.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-109962
taken by PH1 L. M. MacKay dated 21 April 1975.
CLG 4 Fires 6"/47
USS Little Rock fires her 6"/47 guns

....during exercises on the Salto di Guirra missile range,  off Sardinia, 23 April 1975.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-108728
Little Rock and Saratoga
USS Little Rock with the Fleet

Steaming with USS Saratoga (CV-60) and other units of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, en route to an anchorage near Gaeta, Italy, on 16 March 1976. The ships are returning from a training exercise.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98962
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Little Rock at Gaeta 1976
USS Little Rock at NATO Pier Gaeta, Italy 1976

USS Little Rock moored to N..T.O. fuel pier Gaeta, Italy in 1976 shortly before USS Albany CG10 relieved Little Rock as Flagship of the Sixth Fleet.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
USS Little Rock & USS Albany in Gaeta 1976
USS Little Rock moored outboard of USS Albany CG10

USS Little Rock moored outboard of USS Albany CG10 at Gaeta, Italy in September of 1976. On 06 September Albany relieved Little Rock as Flagship of the Sixth Fleet, ending Little Rock's final deployment prior to her return to CONUS for deactivation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Contributed by USS Little Rock shipmate
LTJG Harry Ray Jr. (Ship's Carpenter) 1960-1962
USS Little Rock departs Gaeta seen from USS Albany
USS Albany CG10 renders honors to USS Little Rock

Date: 09 September 1976. USS Albany's crew and Sixth Fleet staff render honors to USS Little Rock as she pulls away from Albany at Gaeta, Italy. Albany had relieved Little Rock as Flagship of the US Sixth Fleet and Little Rock now begins her return voyage to CONUS prior to deactivation.

COMSIXTHFLT VADM Harry D. Train II (in whites) renders his salute. To his left most likely is
USS Albany CO Captain James G. Storms III.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Contributed by USS Little Rock shipmate
LTJG Harry Ray Jr. (Ship's Carpenter) 1960-1962
USS Little Rock St. Lawrence Seaway
USS Little Rock Showing Clipped Mast
Early July 1977


Prior to leaving Philadelphia it was necessary to reduce the height of LITTLE ROCK's super-structure so as to have clearance when passing under various bridges on her way to Buffalo, NY.

The pieces once removed were secured toLITTLE ROCK's deck where they remained until they were reinstalled in Buffalo.

USS Little Rock St. Lawrence Seaway
USS Little Rock on the St. Lawrence River
July 10, 1977

USS Little Rock under tow on the St. Lawrence River on July 10, 1977 bound for Buffalo, NY from Philadelphia, PA to begin a new life as a museum ship.

The original photo was taken by Rene Beauchamp and found by the webmaster on ShipSpotting.Com.  Photo is used by permission of Mr. Beauchamp.

A comment was posted on the original website by Marc Piche: "We were together for this one. Taken off Sorel (Quebec) from a boat whose owner we had asked to take us to the ship. She was being towed by two big Moran tugs one being SHEILA MORAN if I remember well. The destroyer THE SULLIVANS had been towed up the Seaway a week before to Buffalo as well.

USS Little Rock in tow. Destination Buffalo, NY
USS Little Rock headed for Welland Canal
July 14, 1977

This photo shows the USS Little Rock under tow, (note tow line forward and tug at the stern) as she crossed Lake Ontario and made her approach to Port Weller Harbor at the north end of the Welland Canal at St. Catharines, Ontario.

Photo obtained by the Webmaster
Little Rock in Welland Canal
USS Little Rock transits Welland Canal
July 15, 1977

On July 15, 1977 the USS Little Rock, under tow, ended her day long transit of the Welland Canal completing the last leg of her journey from Philadelphia, PA to Buffalo, NY. Her she joined the USS The Sullivans DD 537, and eventually the USS Croaker SS 246 / SSK246 as part of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

The Welland Canal is a 26 mile-long ship canal in Canada that connects Port Weller, Ontario, on Lake Ontario, to Port Colborne, Ontario, on Lake Erie. The canal enables ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and to bypass Niagara Falls. To read more about the Welland Canal, click HERE.

Little Rock entered the Buffalo harbor channel at 9:25 p.m. and by 11:00 p.m. was moored stern-to-stern with USS The Sullivans, which had arrived on 04 July. (Click HERE to read the story on how the USS Little Rock came to be selected for this honor, and to view more photos of the Welland Canal voyage.  
USS Little Rock at Buffalo
USS Little Rock in Buffalo, NY

USS Little Rock on display at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY. The park offers educational programs and is open to the public.

The USS Little Rock is on display in Buffalo as part of the Navy's Ship Donation Program administered by the Naval Sea Systems Command. Under this program selected naval vessels are available for donation for public display as ship museums or memorials.

Photo is from US Navy NavSea website.
CLG 4 Night Scene by Don DeRose
USS Little Rock as seen from the Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY

A beautiful night photo of  LITTLE ROCK
and THE SULLIVANS
tied-up pierside at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo was taken by Don DeRose, Docent, Buffalo Naval Park,
 and is used with his permission.
Little Rock & The Sullivans Nite Photo
"Naval ships USS Little Rock and USS The Sullivans
docked at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park"

An exceptional night photo of  LITTLE ROCK and THE SULLIVANS
at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo was taken and permission to use was given by Robin Cox of Buffalo, NY.
This photo appears in his blog "Worth The Wait".
USS Little Rock in Buffalo. Night photo
USS Little Rock in Buffalo, NY

  
Here's another great night photo of the USS Little Rock at the
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo is from Ookaboo, an online source for license-free photos.
Photo was taken by: Dave Gerland, Buffalo, NY.
Little Rock Fogged in in Buffalo
USS Little Rock "Fogged In"

A great picture of the U.S.S. Little Rock taken in 2007 at her present mooring at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY. (Wouldn't want to have to get underway in this 'soup'!)

Photograph taken by:
Shipmate Dennis McAllister, CS3 1962-1966


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