Easy Model EM37305 Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine - USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) (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 USS Los Angeles submarine SSN-688. Sold Out!
Length: 6-1/2 inches
Historical Account: "City of Angels" - USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), lead ship of her class, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Los Angeles, California. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on January 8th, 1971 and her keel was laid down on January 8th, 1972. She was launched on April 6th, 1974 sponsored by Anne Armstrong, and commissioned on November 13th, 1976 with Commander John E. Christensen in command. In 1999, Los Angeles was modified to carry a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS).