USS Freedom (LCS 1), the lead ship of the Freedom class of Littoral combat ships (LCS), is the third vessel of the United States Navy to be so named. She is the design competitor produced by the Lockheed Martin consortium, in competition with the General Dynamics-designed USS Independence. She was officially accepted by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast on behalf of the US Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in Marinette, WI on 18 September 2008. She is designed for a variety of missions in shallow waters, capable against submarines and ships, as well as minesweeping and humanitarian relief. The ship is a semi-planing monohull design capable of over 45 knots (83 km/h; 52 mph). Commissioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 8 November 2008, USS Freedom is home-ported in San Diego, California. Item No 04549 Item Name USS Freedom (LCS-1) Bar Code 9580208045498 Scale 1:350 Item Type Static Kit Model Brief Length:330 mm Width: 50mm Total Parts 530+pcs Metal Parts n/a Photo Etched Parts 3 pcs Film Parts n/a Resin Parts n/a Total Sprues 8 sprues, lower hull,upper hull and deck Paint Schemes USS Freedom (LCS-1) Released Date 2011-10 More Features " Detailed upper hull and lower hull w/accurate design - 2 sprues in clear with 16 parts for 2 MH-60s helicopters in fine details. - Contains display stand and photo-etched name plate - Large size photo-etched fret for handrails,deck details etc. "