Beautifully detailed and unmatched in the industry, the Graupner USS Lassen Arleigh-Burke Class Destroyer is one of our Premium Line of historical ships that will not disappoint you. Arriving Almost Ready to Run, the motors and rudder servo are already placed, and only the radio and electrical system need be installed before the boat is water-ready. For reliability, performance, further telemetry and model-specific function expansion we highly recommend a Graupner radio such as the mc-16.
The Graupner Premium Line ships are carefully handcrafted and assembled using CNC processing to replicate the model as originally as possible. The hull is made from molded GRP complemented by the superstructure and deck which are constructed from laser-cut ABS parts. Many of the small items are made from metal, and almost everything is factory-assembled. The hull, parts of the superstructure, the masts and fittings are spray painted using semi-matt paints. Decals are already applied. With so many details and scale fittings, the Premium Line ships all have an impressive scale appearance.
Named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, the most famous American destroyer officer of WWII, the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers is the United States Navy's first class of destroyer built around state-of-the art combat systems and PESA radar.
The USS Lassen was named for Commander Clyde Everett Lassen who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam. This ship is the 32nd destroyer of its class; construction began in 1998 and she was launched in October 1999. In February 2009, the Lassen collided with a 14-ton anchored Japanese pleasure boat in Yokosuka harbor. Though the four people fishing on the pleasure boat were reportedly uninjured, the Japan Coast Guard filed a case against both the destroyer's and the fishing boat's captains with local prosecutors for professional negligence that endangered traffic.
Since, the Lassen has assisted in the recovery of the South Korean corvette ROK Cheonan in 2010 after it was attacked by North Korea. It also served as part of the U.S. force sent to the Philippines to aide survivors following the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. Most recently the Lassen has drawn headlines patrolling navigation missions in the South China Sea along the of Subi Reef, one of seven artificial islands built up by China in the Spratly Islands, directly challenging for the first time since 2012 China’s claims of the island's territorial limit. It recently left the U.S. 7th Fleet for its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
All our Premium Line boats are carefully packaged and visually inspected prior to leaving our warehouse. The packaging has been drop-tested and can withstand normal freight transportation. In some cases, a part may come lose during transportation which can be easily glued back in place. Our Premium Line boats are insured during shipping and require a signature upon delivery. We will not accept returns under any condition unless the packaging shows serious damage upon arrival. If the product arrives with major visible damage, we advise you to refuse delivery and take pictures of the packaging.
Our Premium Line ships are not always readily available and some have long lead times. You can place yourself on the waiting list and will be notified when the product is back in stock. If you want to secure delivery you must pre-order the product. Pre-orders require full payment at the time of ordering. Contact our sales department at any time for an estimated arrival time of your boat.