Easy Model EM37503 USS Virginia Class Attack Submarine - USS Virginia (SSN-774) (1:350 Scale)
"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
- Admiral Farragut sailing aboard his flagsphip Hartford while entering Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 23, 1864
The Virginia class (or SSN-774 class) is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines (SSN) in service with the United States Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and they are planned to replace the older of the Los Angeles-class submarines, twenty of which have already been decommissioned (from a total of 62 built).
Instead of a traditional periscope, the class utilizes a pair of AN/BVS-1 telescoping photonics masts located outside the pressure hull. Each mast contains high-resolution cameras, along with light-intensification and infrared sensors, an infrared laser rangefinder, and an integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) array. Signals from the masts' sensors are transmitted through fiber optic data lines through signal processors to the control center. Visual feeds from the masts are displayed on LCD interfaces in the command center.
Pictured here is a 1:350 scale replica of a USS Virginia Class Attack Submarine, USS Virginia (SSN-774). Sold Out!
Length: 14 inches
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: "Virginia" - USS Virginia (SSN-774) is a United States Navy attack submarine, the lead boat of her class and the tenth vessel of the Navy to be named for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on September 30th, 1998 and her keel was laid down on September 2nd, 1999. She was launched on August 16th, 2003, sponsored by Lynda Johnson Robb, the wife of former Virginia governor and senator Charles Robb, and daughter of President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson. On March 10th and 11th, the prospective submarine shot 12 dummy torpedoes into the Thames River from each of the boat's four tubes.
Virginia was delivered to the Navy on October 12th, 2004, the 104th anniversary of the commissioning of Holland, the Navy's second submarine. She was commissioned on October 23rd, 2004 under the command of David J. Kern. This class of submarine is unique in that it features a Photonics Mast Program (PMP) that freed ship designers to place the boats's control room in a lower, less geometrically-constrained space than would be required by a standard, optical tube periscope. It is additionally unique in the U.S. Navy for featuring all-digital ship and ballast control systems that are manned by relatively senior watchstanders and a pressure chamber to deploy SEAL divers while being submerged.
On November 23rd, 2005, Virginia completed her first deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. On January 12th, 2006, Virginia entered Electric Boat's shipyard for post-shakedown availability, which was expected to last for most of 2006.