The Freedom class is one of two classes of the littoral combat ship program, built for the United States Navy.
The Freedom class was proposed by a consortium formed by Lockheed Martin as "prime contractor" and by Fincantieri (project) through the subsidiary Marinette Marine (manufacturer) as a contender for a fleet of small, multipurpose warships to operate in the littoral zone. Two ships were approved, to compete with the Independence-class design offered by General Dynamics and Austal for a construction contract of up to 55 vessels.
Despite initial plans to only accept two of the Freedom and Independence variants, the U.S. Navy has since announced plans to order up to ten additional ships of each class, for a total twelve ships per class. As of 2016, five ships are active and an additional nine are either on order, under construction or fitting out. Starting in 2019, ships of this class will be designated as fast frigates (FF) which will include increased firepower and heavier armor.
It was announced in early September 2016 that the first four vessels of the LCS program would be used as test ships rather than being deployed with the fleet, which includes Freedom and Fort Worth.
A larger more heavily armed Frigate design based on this hull form was declared by the U.S. Navy in February 2018 to be one of the five finalists for its FFG(X) procurement program.
We can build a model of them all - your pick.
|Ship||Hull Number||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Status|
|Freedom||LCS-1||2 June 2005||23 September 2006||8 November 2008||Active in service|
|Fort Worth||LCS-3||11 July 2009||7 December 2010||22 September 2012||Active in service|
|Milwaukee||LCS-5||27 October 2011||18 December 2013||21 November 2015||Active in service|
|Detroit||LCS-7||11 August 2012||18 October 2014||22 October 2016||Active in service|
|Little Rock||LCS-9||27 June 2013||18 July 2015||16 December 2017||Active in service|
|Sioux City||LCS-11||19 February 2014||30 January 2016||17 November 2018||Active in service|
|Wichita||LCS-13||9 February 2015||17 September 2016||12 January 2019||Active in service|
|Billings||LCS-15||2 November 2015||1 July 2017||Fitting out|
|Indianapolis||LCS-17||18 July 2016||18 April 2018||Fitting out|
|St. Louis||LCS-19||17 May 2017||15 December 2018||Under construction|
|Minneapolis-Saint Paul||LCS-21||22 February 2018||Under construction|
|Cooperstown||LCS-23||14 August 2018||Under construction|
|Marinette||LCS-25||27 March 2019||Under construction|
We offer our Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship model in several popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection. However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!
Our Littoral Combat Ship models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models. Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, mounted on a polished mahogany base board. Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, nameplates, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.
The model build time is generally 16 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping. Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.
We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied with your model and wish to return it, notify us within 7 days of the model delivery and we will issue a refund or exchange.
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Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.
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