Four ships of the United States Navy
(and one of the Confederate States Navy
) have been named USS Arkansas
in honor of the 26th state
The first USS Arkansas (steamer), a wooden-hulled, barkentine-rigged, screw steamer originally named Tonawanda that saw action in the American Civil War.
The second USS Arkansas (BM-7), the lead ship of her class of single-turreted monitor, was one of the last American monitors.
The third USS Arkansas (BB-33), a Wyoming-class battleship, saw action in the Mexican-American War, in World War I, and in World War II including the D-Day Landings.
The fourth USS Arkansas (CGN-41) was a Virginia class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser.
See also CSS Arkansas.