San Diego to be homeport of USS Gabrielle Giffords

June 18, 2017 by  

The U.S. Navy’s newest warship, which has been commissioned as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, will be homeported in San Diego, according to an article on CBS8.com.

The ship was commissioned June 10, 2017, in Galveston, Texas. The Giffords is designated the LCS-10, and is an Independence-class littoral combat ship, designed for use in shallow waters close to shore.

At the commissioning ceremony, Giffords told an audience how proud she was to have a ship named in her honor. She added the ship was:

“strong and tough, just like her crew”

Giffords said she thought of service personnel during her:

“darkest days, the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States of America … You make me proud. You make America proud.”

Giffords was serving as a representative of Arizona in the U.S. Congress when she was shot in the head in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and 13 wounded in the attack, and Giffords, was left partially paralyzed and with a speech disorder.

Accompanying Giffords to the commissioning was her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy veteran and former NASA astronaut. The Navy said it decided to name the ship for the former Congresswoman because of her tenacity and determination to get well after her shooting. The Giffords is the 16th ship to be named after a woman.

When the Giffords arrives at San Diego, officials might mark the occasion by displaying banners to honor the ship’s transfer to the city.

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