Saturday, April 21, 2007

USS Arkansas (CGN-41) Artifacts

We have recently received several artifacts related to USS Arkansas (CGN-41), the fifth and most recent vessel to be named after the state.

The Governor's mansion has loaned us the ship's bell. This bell is 21" wide and weighs 200lbs. It was cast by the Loeffler Corporation of Pendell, PA. Loeffler still makes bells for US Navy vessels. The also loaned us several plaques and a photograph of Arkansas underway.

Museum volunteer John Albers donated this nice picture of Arkansas underway during her builder's trials.

In addition, the Secretary of State's Office donated a life ring from Arkansas.

USS Arkansas was built in 1977 and commissioned 18 October, 1980. She served in both the Mediterranean and the Western Pacific and she participated in Operation Desert Storm.

USS Arkansas was decommissioned in 1998.

Other artifacts have been located and will be featured soon.

We would like to thank both the Secretary of State and the Governor for their support.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was stationed onbaord the USS Arkansas for her final years, and was part of the Decommissioning crew. Are there any things of interest that you are looking at possibly having loaned to your museum?

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