Easy Model EM37307 Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine with DSRV - USS Greeneville (SSN-772) (1:700 Scale)
"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
- Admiral Farragut sailing aboard his flagsphip Hartford while entering Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 23, 1864
The Los Angeles class is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines (SSN) that forms the backbone of the United States submarine fleet, and is the most numerous class of nuclear powered submarine in the world. They were preceded by the Sturgeon class and followed by the short-lived Seawolf class and the Virginia class. Usually named after U.S. cities, the LA class broke a long-standing Navy tradition of naming attack submarines after sea creatures. The boats are also colloquially referred to as "688-class" subs, after the hull classification symbol of the first boat, SSN-688.
LA-class submarines have a publicly acknowledged top speed in excess of 25 knots (46 km/h, 29 mph); the precise speed is classified. They carry about 25 torpedo-tube launched weapons, and all boats of the class are capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missiles horizontally (from the torpedo tubes). The last 31 boats of this class also have 12 dedicated vertical launch (VLS) tubes for launching Tomahawks.
The final 23 boats in the series, referred to as "688i", are quieter than their predecessors, incorporate a more advanced combat system, and are configured for under-ice operations (with diving planes on the bow and a reinforced sail). The Navy is phasing out older non-VLS Los Angeles-class attack submarines in favor of the Virginia-class attack submarines. Los Angeles-class submarines have been involved in a number of major submarine incidents.
Pictured here is a 1:700 scale replica of a USS Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine USS Greeneville SSN-772. Sold Out!
Length: 6 inches
Historical Account: "Collision Course" - USS Greeneville (SSN-772), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Greeneville, Tennessee. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 14 December 1988, and her keel was laid down on 28 February 1992. She was launched on 17 September 1994, sponsored by Tipper Gore, and commissioned on 16 February 1996, with Commander Duane B. Hatch in command.
The ship was named for Greeneville, home of 17th United States President Andrew Johnson, after local residents, businesses such as Greeneville Metal Manufacturing, which built submarine components, and government officials began a campaign for a submarine to be named after their town, rather than a large metropolitan area.
The Greeneville is probably best known for colliding with a Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Oahu in February 2001.