USS Little Rock to be commissioned alongside namesake Dec. 16; watch party to be held in Little Rock

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USS Little Rock to be commissioned alongside namesake Dec. 16; watch party to be held in Little Rock

Katherine Stewart, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas has a unique opportunity to take part in a historic event on Dec. 16, when the commissioning of a new Naval vessel, the USS Little Rock, will take place. The ceremony will be held in Buffalo, New York, where the original USS Little Rock, which was decommissioned in 1976, now sits as a museum ship at Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. The commissioning ceremony will be broadcast live from New York, and a watch party will take place at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock beginning at 9 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 16. This is the first time in the Navy’s 242-year history that a new ship has been commissioned alongside its namesake ship.

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