Navy will christen USS Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday

Navy will christen USS Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday
Independence-class LCS. (Image: USN, AC2 Nicholas Kontodiakos via Wikipiedia)

[Ed. – USS Gabby is an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a small combatant designed for operations close to shore.  Gabby is LCS-10.  Gun-restriction advocates will probably be relieved to know that Gabby will not have naval guns or Tomahawk missiles to conduct aggressive attacks against land with.  The ship may, however, be outfitted to support SEALs or other special forces using armored vehicles at the sea-land littoral interface.]

On June 13 the US Navy will christen a combat ship after gun control proponent and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

The ship will be called the USS Gabrielle Giffords and will be christened at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where “Vice President Biden’s wife, Jill, the ship’s sponsor, will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.”

According to The Hill, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said:

The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the beginning of what is certain to be a long life for this great ship. It is also a celebration of the skill and dedication of the men and women who have built LCS 10 and the courage of her namesake. This ship truly embodies the Navy motto of Semper Fortis — Always Courageous.

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