For the first time in the U.S. Navy’s 242-year history, a brand new naval ship will be commissioned in Buffalo, New York, Saturday December 16, alongside its original namesake. The first USS Little Rock vessel served in World War II, and was decommissioned in 1976. Today, it serves as a museum. The second ship to be named after Arkansas’s state capital is the fifth Freedom-class littoral combat ship made for the US Navy.
Approximately 30 state and local officials will attend the commissioning ceremony, including Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, former Arkansas Secretary of State and Little Rock Mayor Sharon Priest, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin and others. It’s an unique opportunity for Arkansas and Little Rock to have two ships of the same name side by side.
A special live-stream Watch Party
will be held Saturday at Little Rock River Market District’s Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. The stream will begin at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to 300. Be a part of this historic event.