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USS Carronade IFS-1

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USS Carronade IFS-1 Classic Lindberg 1st time in 25 years!

By Lindberg 1/160 or N Scale for you to Build.
Lindberg's "Bobtail Cruiser" kit, dates back to the 1960s, represents the unique Inshore Fire Support ship (IFS) USS Carronade
(named after a type of large, short-barreled, cannon used on late 18th/early 19th sailing warships as close-range armament).
Similar in configuration to the converted landing craft - such as the LCI (R) - which saw action in WW2 and later conflicts.
This ship was designed for providing fire support to amphibious landing operations with its eight twin rocket launchers mounted on the forward deck.
Secondary armament consisted of a single 5"/38 mount as found on many WW2 USN destroyers and smaller craft and two twin 40mm Bofors mounts.
Its strange configuration, with the superstructure fitted at the bows, gave it the nickname "Bobtail Cruiser".

Completed in 1953, Carronade had an overall length of 245'/75m and a displacement of 7500t.
It was the only ship of its type to be built by the US Navy, perhaps ships of this type were considered too expensive.
It was decommissioned in 1969 and scrapped in 1974.
USS Carronade saw operational service in the Vietnam War, as the flagship of Inshore Fire Support Division 93,
and fought alongside WW2-vintage converted landing craft.