USS Arkansas (CGN-41)

USS Arkansas (CGN-41) is the fifth, and most recent, vessel to bear the name of our state. Designed in the 1970s, she was a Virginia-class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser.

Background
By definition, a modern U.S. Navy cruiser is a multi-mission vessel, capable of carrying out anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and shore bombardment missions. They are also capable of operating independently or as a member of a large task force. Cruisers also have extra command and control capabilities, enabling them to operate, at least for a reasonable amount of time, as flagships for a group of smaller vessels.

AIMM has the following artifacts on permanent display:

We also have a MK-26 missile launcher, but currently do not have the outdoor space to properly display it.

Other vessels to be named in honor of the 25th state are: