The Independence class is a class of littoral combat ships built for the United States Navy.
The hull design evolved from a project at Austal to design a 40 knot cruise ship. That hull design evolved into the high-speed trimaran ferry HSC Benchijigua Express and the Independence class was then proposed by General Dynamics and Austal as a contender for Navy plans to build a fleet of small, multipurpose warships to operate in the littoral zone. Two ships were approved, to compete with Lockheed Martin's Freedom-class design.
Despite initial plans to only build ships of the winner out of the two competing Independence or Freedom classes, in 2010 the Navy announced plans to order up to ten additional ships of each class, for a total 12 ships per class. In March 2016 the Navy announced their intention to order an additional two ships, increasing the order to 13 ships of each class. 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. This includes lead ship Independence and Coronado.
As of May 2019, nine ships have been commissioned. Starting in 2019, ships of this class will be designated as fast frigates (FF) which will include increased firepower and heavier armor.
We can build a model of them all - your pick.
|Ship||Hull Number||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Status|
|Independence||LCS-2||19 January 2006||26 April 2008||16 January 2010||Active in service|
|Coronado||LCS-4||17 December 2009||14 January 2012||5 April 2014||Active in service|
|Jackson||LCS-6||1 August 2011||14 December 2013||5 December 2015||Active in service|
|Montgomery||LCS-8||25 June 2013||6 August 2014||10 September 2016||Active in service|
|Gabrielle Giffords||LCS-10||16 April 2014||25 February 2015||10 June 2017||Active in service|
|Omaha||LCS-12||18 February 2015||20 November 2015||3 February 2018[||Active in service|
|Manchester||LCS-14||29 June 2015||12 May 2016||26 May 2018||Active in service|
|Tulsa||LCS-16||11 January 2016||16 March 2017||16 February 2019||Active in service|
|Charleston||LCS-18||28 June 2016||14 September 2017||2 March 2019||Active in service|
|Cincinnati||LCS-20||10 April 2017||22 May 2018||Fitting out|
|Kansas City||LCS-22||15 November 2017||19 October 2018||Fitting out|
|Oakland||LCS-24||20 July 2018||Under construction|
|Mobile||LCS-26||14 December 2018||Under construction|
|Santa Barbara||LCS-32||On order|
|Pierre||LCS-38||On order |
We offer our Independence 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.
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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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