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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
Keel laid on 17 JAN 1977 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Launched 21 OCT 1978
Commissioned 18 OCT 1980
Decommissioned 07 JUL 1998
Stricken 07 JUL 1998
Fate: Disposed - Hulk recycled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 01 NOV 1999

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Arkansas 331k Launch Booklet, 21 October 1978 Robert M. Cieri
Arkansas
04014132
284k Arkansas being christened by Mrs. Dale Bumpers, wife of the senator from Arkansas on 21 October 1978. Dale Hargrave
Arkansas 264k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1980. Robert M. Cieri
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
Arkansas 160k First day postal cover, 25 AUG 1980. Robert M. Cieri
Arkansas 247 Commissioning Booklet, 18 OCT 1980 Robert M. Cieri
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
Antietam
04014131
439k The front page of a handout indicating those who contributed to the post-commissioning ceremony reception. 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 Antitem (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 312k Port bow view, 1 SEP 1980. Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013812
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
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 288k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1986. 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
04014119
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
04014120
143k "Gulf of Sidra Yacht Club" patch from the 86 Libya "Line of Death" when the Arkansas was used as bait to draw out the Libyan Navy for "target practice". Pat Burke
Arkansas 41k Port bow, off the Kamchatka Peninsula, 1987. Nice image. USN
Arkansas 263k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1991. Robert M. Cieri
Arkansas
04014121
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
Arkansas 339k Deactivation Booklet, 18 OCT 1997. Robert M. Cieri

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Read, Dennis Spencer, CAPT   10/18/80 - 12/10/82
Chase, Malcolm W., CAPT   12/10/82 - 12/20/85
Twardy, Clement Robert, CAPT   12/20/85 - 07/24/87
Selfridge, Harry Edward, CAPT   07/24/87 - 05/12/90
Lyons III, John Thomas, CAPT RADM 05/12/90 - 11/07/92
Etnyre, Terrance Thomas, CAPT VADM 11/07/92 - 07/07/95
Keithly, Thomas Morken, CAPT   07/07/95 - 07/07/98

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


USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41) History
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