The fourth USS Arkansas (CGN-41) was a Virginia-class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy, in service during the 1980s and 1990s.
The cruiser spent the four months following her commissioning in the vicinity of Hampton Roads, Virginia, clearing up details associated with her acceptance by the Navy and preparing for her shakedown cruise. Late in February 1981, she made a brief round-trip voyage to Puerto Rico and back and then resumed preparations for shakedown training. In March, she completed contract trials and conducted a public relations call at Port Everglades, Florida. April brought a series of underway qualifications and certifications. On 28 April, Arkansas departed Norfolk to carry out shakedown training in the West Indies. That cruise included more tests and trials, port visits to several Caribbean Islands and a swing south to call at Rio de Janeiro and Recife in Brazilwhich involved her first line-crossing ceremony. The warship returned to Norfolk on 25 June and began post-shakedown availability at the Newport News Shipbuilding Co. six days later. Arkansas completed repairs on 15 December and put to sea for three days of trials before returning to port where holiday routine occupied what little remained of 1981.