Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

Story Number: NNS110715-10Release Date: 7/15/2011 3:03:00 PM
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From Department of Defense Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced July 15 that the next Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Little Rock (LCS 9).

Little Rock is the second ship to bear the name of the capital city in Arkansas. The USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4) was originally a Cleveland-class light cruiser that served after World War II, and was one of six to be converted to a Galveston-class guided missile cruiser. She was decommissioned in 1976 and now holds a place of honor as a museum ship in Buffalo, N.Y

Little Rock will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare.

The LCS class consists of two different hull forms, the Freedom variant and Independence variant - a semi-planing monohull and an aluminum trimaran - designed and built by two industry teams; Lockheed Martin and Austel USA. These seaframes will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

Little Rock will be 378 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 57 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by a Lockheed Martin industry team in Marinette, Wis.

Additional information about Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships is available online at

7/20/2011 9:58:00 AM
What happened to LCS's 5-8? What are their names?

7/18/2011 8:33:00 PM
Little Rock is a dumb name.

7/18/2011 8:06:00 PM
Arthur: I was a winch opererator aboard USS Sylvania AFS2 (68-.69) always took great pridesfering supplies to CLG 4, as she was host to COMSIXFLT, good luck.........

7/18/2011 4:39:00 PM
I thought that we had transitioned LA class submarines being named after US cities. Next was LPDs. Now we are naming LCSs after cities? Who plans these things? Freedom, Independence, then Ft Worth and Little Rock? How about Chesapeake, President, Intrepid, Congress, or something else more in line with the original two names. This doesn't make sense to me.

7/15/2011 9:31:00 PM
As a former crew member of the USS Little Rock CLG4 and a Life Time Member of its Association I am honored and very excited about the new USS Little Rock. The feeling is like knowing your family will carry on after you have departed. Now there will be new generations of Little Rock sailors to continue the family. That is truely "Outstanding"

7/15/2011 4:02:00 PM
And I thought the Little Rock was destined to be just a museum that few people really know about. Thank you for bringing back the pride, and the great memories I had back in 1967 - 1969 serving aborad U.S.S. Little Rock, CLG4. I was among the first crew to take up residence in Gaeta, Italy in 1967. The Little Rock still holds a special place in my heart, and I only hope at this time,when the new "Rock" is commissioned,I have a spot somewhere on the pier to see her sail out for "Fair Winds".

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An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 prepares to land aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1).
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Freedom (LCS 1) underway in the Pacific Ocean.
June 9, 2011
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