The first U.S.S. Little Rock, a Cleveland-class cruiser (top), was decommissioned in 1976 after 36 years in service & is now a museum ship in Buffalo, NY. The new U.S.S. Little Rock was built in Marinette, Wisconsin, & is the 9th littoral combat ship commissioned by the Navy. A littoral combat ship is a class of relatively small ships designed to work in shallow waters & operate with speed & agility. It will be commissioned for active duty on Dec. 16, 2017 in Buffalo.