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USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41)


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

CLASS - VIRGINIA
Displacement 11,100 Tons, Dimensions, 585' (oa) x 63' x 31' (Max)
Armament 2 Standard SAM/ASW (66 Missiles) 2 x 5"/54RF, 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; 2 G.E. Reactors (D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 500.
Operational and Building Data
Awarded 31 JAN 1975
Reclassified CGN 41 on 30 June 1975
Keel laid on 17 JAN 1977 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Launched 21 OCT 1978
Commissioned 18 OCT 1980
Collision with Megra Ilea 02 JAN 1983
Deactivation 18 OCT 1997
Decommissioned 07 JUL 1998
Stricken 07 JUL 1998
Fate: Disposed - Hulk recycling completed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 01 NOV 1999


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row- Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal (1)
Third Row - Armed Forces Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6) - Kwuait Liberation Medal (Kwuait)


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Arkansas
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284k Arkansas being christened by Mrs. Dale Bumpers, wife of the senator from Arkansas on 21 October 1978. Dale Hargrave
Arkansas
04014133
  Arkansas sliding down the ways. Dale Hargrave
Arkansas 632k Bow view from shipbuilder Newport News Shipbuilding, probably taken during sea trials in 1980. Robert M. Cieri
Antietam
04014123
128k

1 June 1980 - A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) underway. The ship's forward Mark 45 5-inch/gun is being fired to port.

U.S. navy photo #DN-SC-84-00366

Robert M. Cier
Antietam
04014127
59k 18 October 1980, Commissioning Day. Dale Hargrave
Antietam
04014128
78k 18 October 1980, commissioning ceremony. Front row, right end of the speakers platform is then Govenor Bill Clinton. Dale Hargrave
Arkansas 53k Port bow, underway. USN
Arkansas 28k Starboard view underway. USN
Arkansas 38k Starboard view, heading to sea with San Francisco in the background. USN
Arkansas 138k Undated port side photo of USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), and USS Texas (CGN 39) (bottom to top). Robert Hirsh
Arkansas 351k Undated starboard bow view. Robert M. Cieri
Antietam
04015413
320k USS Antietem (CG 54) and USS Arkansas (CGN 41) performing an underway replenishment with USNS Mars (AFS 1), date and location unknown. Wendell McLaughlin
Arkansas
04014122
43k Starboard bow view while underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Arkansas
04014134
249k Preparing to load the starboard MK-143 Armored Box Launcher (ABL) with BMG-109 Tomahawk missiles.. Internet
Arkansas 312k Port bow view, 1 September 1980. Robert M. Cirri
Virginia
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41k

An aerial starboard bow view of six nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers underway in formation during exercise READEX 1-81. The ships are, from left to right: USS TEXAS (CGN 39), USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40), USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36), USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) and USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41). Photo taken 26 February 1981.

DOD Photo #DN-SC-87-08333 by PH1 Anthony Alleyne.

Steve Dietrich
Antietam
04014124
211k

17 March 1982 - An explosive charge is detonated off the starboard side of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) during a shock test.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-87-05360 by: PH1 Toon.

Robert M. Cieri
Arkansas
04014136
903k

Members of the Weapons Division check the loading arm attachments as they prepare to load a new Mark 66 Mod 3 guided missile training round in the magazine of the aft Mark 26 missile launcher aboard the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41).

Photographer's Name: PH1 Williamson Location: NAVAL AIR STATION, ALAMEDA Date Shot: 9/23/1993 Date Posted: unknown VIRIN: DN-ST-94-00392

Internet
Arkansas
04014135
963k

Looking into the Missile Magazine through strikedown hatch of the aft GMLS MK26 systems on 23 September 1993. The blue missiles and ASROC are training rounds, used for system and operational testing. Note the covers (Tyvek, I believe) protecting the radomes of the "live" missiles from grease and hydraulic fluid.

Photographer's Name: PH1 Williamson Location: NAVAL AIR STATION/ALAMEDA Date Shot: 9/23/1993 Date Posted: unknown VIRIN: DN-ST-94-00394

Internet
Antietam
04014126
217k

SAN FRANCISCO BAY, CA, 12 October 1985 - The nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) passes in review with crewmen manning the rail during San Francisco Fleet Week Parade of Ships.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-86-03207 by PH3 Oslund.

Robert M. Cieri
Arkansas 65k

Pacific Ocean, 9 April 1986 - A port beam view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) underway.

US Navy Photo.

Fred Weiss
Arkansas 85k

Pacific Ocean, 9 April 1986 - A port side view of the fore section on the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) passing close along the starboard side of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Not shown).

US Navy Photo.

Fred Weiss
Arkansas 74k

Pacific Ocean, 17 September 1986 - A port side view of Nuclear Task Force One during Operation SEA ORBIT. The ships include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Center), which took part in the first cruise, and now accompanied by the guided missile cruisers USS Truxtun (CGN 35) (Bottom) and USS Arkansas (CGN 41).

US Navy Photo.

Fred Weiss
Arkansas
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332k

Pacific Ocean, 17 September 1986 - A starboard side view of Nuclear Task Force One during Operation SEA ORBIT. The ships include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Center), which took part in the first cruise, and now accompanied by the guided missile cruisers USS Truxtun (CGN 35) (Bottom) and USS Arkansas (CGN 41).

US Navy Photo.

Pat Burke
Arkansas 41k Port bow, off the Kamchatka Peninsula, 1987. Nice image. USN
Arkansas
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65k Port side view while at anchor in San Diego Bay, 1992. David Buell
Hill
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269k

Naval Station San Diego, 1 June 1992 - Aerial view of the 32nd Street Naval Station Pier 2, showing various ships berthed there. The Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) (left), the Spruance-class destroyer USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986) (across the pier) an unidentified Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser (rear left) and the Virginia-class nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) outboard of her.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-04-15494 by PH2 M. Correa.

Robert M. Cieri
Arkansas
04014129
262k Arkansas entering San Francisco Bay on 5 August 1993. I took these from the Neptune Society vessel Naiad and you can see Alcatraz in the background of one of the shots. She entered with USS Sides (FFG 14), USS Copeland (FFG 25) and USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27) although they aren't in any of the photos. John Skillman
Arkansas
04014130
253k Arkansas entering San Francisco Bay on 5 August 1993. I took these from the Neptune Society vessel Naiad and you can see Alcatraz in the background of one of the shots. She entered with USS Sides (FFG 14), USS Copeland (FFG 25) and USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27) although they aren't in any of the photos. John Skillman
Arkansas
04014125
213k

YOKOSUKA, Japan, 11 March 1994 - A port quarter view of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41) arriving at U.S. Fleet Activities Base, as part of the CARL VINSON battle group. The ships of the battle group are making a port visit before deploying to the Persian Gulf.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-95-00519 by PH3 Henderson.

Robert M. Cieri

  USS Arkansas (CGN 41) collectibles and documents page  

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Read, Dennis Spencer, CAPT 1959   10/18/1980 - 12/10/1982
Chase, Malcolm Withington, CAPT 1961   12/10/1982 - 12/20/1985
Twardy, Clement Robert, CAPT     12/20/1985 - 07/24/1987
Selfridge, Harry Edward, CAPT     07/24/1987 - 05/12/1990
Lyons III, John Thomas, CAPT 1968 RADM 05/12/1990 - 11/07/1992
Etnyre, Terrance Thomas, CAPT   VADM 11/07/1992 - 07/07/1995
Keithly, Thomas Morken, CAPT 1972   07/07/1995 - 07/07/1998

(Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves)


USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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