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( or, "Villa" as we knew it. )

13 June, 2021

Villefranche Harbor View

Villefranche-sur-Mer is located about 4 miles east of Nice and 16 miles west of Monaco and has one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. It has been a favorite stop since before World War I for the United States Navy. Villefranche-sur-Mer was the home port of the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet from 1948 to 1966.

In 1967 when General de Gaulle took France out of NATO, the U.S. Navy left "Villa" and relocated to Gaeta, Italy. However U.S. Navy vessels still visit this gem of the Mediterranean on a regular basis.

To see some great videos of the residents of Villefranche-sur-Mer expressing their love for the crews of the Sixth Fleet ships home-ported in "Villa", click HERE.

U.S.S. Little Rock at Villefranche-sur-Mer in the early 1960's

Photo Submitted by Rodger Shilling YN3 1962-1965

USS Little Rock CLG 4 at Villa France

Photos below are from the 1962-1963 Cruise Book
and from Little Rock Crew Members

(Click on photo for a larger view.)

Villefranche Harbor Scene

"Villa" Harbor View
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo
Villefranche Anchorage

Villefranche-sur-Mer Anchorage 1963
USS Little Rock is upper-left.

Photo contributed by Robert Ernst, LTJG 1962-1965

Villefranche Harbor

Villefranche Harbor

Photo by Robert Ernst, LTJG 1962-1965

Liberty Launch

Liberty Launch
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo
Villefranche Waterfront

Villefranche-sur-Mer Waterfront 1963
USS Little Rock boat in foreground

Photo contributed by Robert Ernst, LTJG 1962-1965

Harbor View

Harborside in Villefranche
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo
Bar Fontaine

Stairway to Bar La Fontaine
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo

Villefranche Stairs

More Stairs!!
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo
Ville Slow Life

A slower pace in Villefranche-sur-Mer
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo
Villefranche Harbor

Villefranche-sur-Mer Hillside
1962-63 Cruise Book Photo
Ladies Fishing

Ladies fishing in Ville's harbor watch yet another
Liberty Boat arrive from the Little Rock.
1964 photo by LT William Glass (1963-65)

An old Villefranche postcard

An old postcard of the harbor at Villefranche-sur Mer.
The postcard is undated. The picture appears to be a
lithograph of a
painting. The printing at the top reads:
"3233  VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER La Rade et l'Escadre"
(Postcard is ca. 1920)

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Photos from Glenn Krochmal ET3 1962-63

In April 2008 Glenn Krochmal revisited Villefranche-sur-Mer with his wife. Here's what he had to say:

"....We stayed in Monaco and it has changed substantially. Huge apartment buildings were everywhere. My first thought was, this trip was for naught as the changes over 4+ decades has substantially changed all that I remember.  Two days later we took the train (it might have been one of the cars from 1963) to Villefranche-sur-Mer.  When we alit from the train and walked down the hill to the "Ville", I noticed that the ticket booth was gone.  Tickets had become electronic and dispersed from machines.  We walked down the waterfront and it was almost the same as the last time I was ashore from the Little Rock. As we walked southwards on the shore, I noticed that there is now a large building where the fleet landing used to be. My wife and I climbed to the 04 level looking for the Montana Bar.  The building was there with the same furniture, but the name had changed.  We had lunch at one of the many bistros on the water.  My wife indicated I had an idiotic grin on my face and asked why.  I told her that in my mind I could see my cruiser swinging on her anchor in the bay.  I visualized  myself and my shipmates as we were at 19 & 20 years of age.  For a moment, I felt like the sailor I was, but alas, youth has passed. But regardless of how many years go by, the years on the Little Rock helped define the man I became."

Ville Train Station

The train station at Villefranche-sur-Mer

Ville Waterfront

Villefranche-sur-Mer harborside

Ville Steps

Ville's famous stairs!
Glenn Krochmal in Ville

Glenn Krochmal reliving Villefranche-sur-Mer
Ville Harbor

Villa's harbor (USS Little Rock's old anchorage.)
Boat Landing

Liberty Boat Landing (Note the new building)
Monaco Harbor

Villa's harbor viewed from Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Unique Trees

Villefranche's VERY unique trees.

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