One of the most iconic submarine in recent history, the Los Angeles class Submarine is the mainstay of hunter-killers submarines for the United States Navy. Not only is it the backbone of the submarine fleet, but it is the most built of any class, nuclear class submarine in the USN.
While this is a micromachine model, I tried to modify or convert it in such a way that it looked like the iconic LA-class Submarine.
Modifying its top part by adding extra periscope and poles, I was able to convert two unassuming generic submarines that were produced by Micromachine into a vague semblance of the LA-class submarine.
SSN 688s cruising on the surface.
These Silent killers carry about 25 torpedo-tube-launched weapons and all boats of the class are capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missles horizontally (from the torpedo tubes). The last 31 boats of this class also have 12 dedicated vertical launch (VLS) tubes for launching Tomahawks.
I can still remember the days I go to the my Secondary School Library to borrow a few Tom Clancy books and you are bound to find the presents of these class of submarines in his Naval Novels. Better yet, I always was fascinated by his Naval Guide as he points out the various specifications and capabilities of this hunter killer.
Back then, which was about a decade or so, the SSN 688 was the pinnacle of modern submarine technology. In fact, to accompany that statement, the LA-cass sub was also famous in many submarine games such as the Electronic Art 688I Hunter Killer and more recently, Dangerous Waters.
It also starred in movies such as the infamous Hunt for Red October (which to me is by far, one of the most compelling submarine novel and movie) and Terminator Salvation.
Its glory days are almost over though, with the new Virginia Class Submarines taking over as the lead hunter sub class in modernization. It is planned to phase out and replace the Los Angeles Class Submarines in the distant future. However, as for now though, it still remain the mainstay until total replacement by the new class of Submarines.
Whatever is future status maybe, it is considered to be the most famous of all submarines in the USN and unless the world takes interest in Submarine warfare once again, it will continue to be the icon of submarine warfare.