Class: Cleveland Class Cruiser, later converted to Little Rock Class Guided Missile Cruiser
Launched: August 27, 1944
At: Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commissioned: June 17, 1945
Converted: 1960 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey
Length: 610 feet
Beam: 66 feet
Draft: 25 feet
Displacement: 10,670 tons
Armament: Two Mk II Talos Missile Launchers; three 6-inch guns; two 5-inch/38 caliber guns
Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park
One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, New York 14202
Fax: (716) 847-6405
Email: [email protected]
Latitude: 42.8775537253, Longitude: -78.8807763366
The only World War II cruiser on display in the U.S., USS Little Rock is the sole survivor of the Cleveland class, the most numerous of U.S. wartime cruisers (29 vessels completed). Little Rock served with distinction as flagship for both the Second and Sixth fleets. In 1960, she was converted to a Talos missile cruiser, making four cruises to the Mediterranean and two to the North Atlantic.
Little Rock was stricken from the Navy Register in 1976, and acquired by the City of Buffalo in 1977. The ship is now a museum vessel on display at the Naval & Military Park with USS Croaker and USS The Sullivans, as well as PTF-17, a P-39 Bell Aircobra, FJ-4B Fury, M-41 tank, M-84 armored personnel carrier and a UH-1 helicopter.
Little Rock conducts youth group overnight encampments.