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Ship's emblem courtesy of
Wolfgang Hechler

Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10)


Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship, Independence Class (Variant 2, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Stabilized Trimaran Monohull
Displacement: 2176 tons (light), 2784 tons (full)
Dead Weight: 608 tons
Length: 418' (oa)
Beam: 93.2' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (Maximum Navigational Draft)
Propulsion: Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, two waterjets
Speed: 47 kts (sprint), 50+ kts (top speed)
Armament: Bofors 57mm naval gun; Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher; 4 - .50 caliber machine gun mounts
Combat Management System: Northrup Grumman ICMS
Electronics: Ericsson Sea Giraffe (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment);
Decoy System: 3 - Super RBOC; 2 - Nulka Decoy launchers
Complement: 26
Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Building and Operational Data:
  • 10 February 2012: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 10 will be named USS Gabrielle Giffords
  • 16 March 2012: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp. (sponsor will be Roxanne Green, mother of Christina Taylor-Green who was killed in the Tucson shooting with Congresswoman Giffords)
  • 16 April 2014: Keel laid at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., keel authenticated by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (sponsor Roxanne Green was unavailable)
  • 13 June 2015: Launched and christened by sponsor Mrs. Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President Joseph Biden
  • 18 November 2016: Completed Acceptance Trials, a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)

    Note:
    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown NJ. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Me. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile, Ala.; BAE Systems, Rockville, Md; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore, Md; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg, Va.; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt.; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington, D.C.; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

    "Gabrielle Giffords, The Ship"     -    "Gabrielle Giffords, The People"

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    Independence 102k 27 May 2004: Washington DC - The U.S. Navy announced today that General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP).  (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand) NavSource
    Gabriel Giffords 261k 04 January 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Austal produces the LCSs and JHSVs along side-by-side production lines. This is the very beginning of the assembly line, from where flat pieces of aluminum are fashioned into the swirls and shapes that form a ship.  (Austal-Ingalls photo #133 from the web site Intercepts - Defense News) Lee Wahler
    Gabriel Giffords 252k 04 January 2014: Mobile, Ala. - At the end of the line major components are recognizable. At left is the bridge structure for the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10); a JHSV section is at right. The facility is remarkably tidy and clean.  (Austal-Ingalls photo #135 from the web site Intercepts - Defense News)
    Gabriel Giffords 258k 04 January 2014: Mobile, Ala. -Another view of the bridge structure of the Gabrielle Giffords. The structures are rolled on transporters to the assembly buildings where the ships are erected.  (Austal-Ingalls photo #137 from the web site Intercepts - Defense News)
    Gabriel Giffords 705k 24 February 2015: Mobile, Ala. - An aerial view of the future littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during its launch sequence at the Austal USA shipyard. The launch of the Gabrielle Giffords marks an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program.  (U.S. Navy photo #150224-N-EW716-002, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Gabriel Giffords 197k 13 June 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Dr. Jill Biden christens the future littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It is 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person.  (U.S. Navy photo #150613-O-ZZ999-601 courtesy Austal USA, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabriel Giffords 212k 13 June 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), named for her. Giffords was on the stage as Dr. Jill Biden christened the ship at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. It is 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person.  (U.S. Navy photo #150613-O-ZZ999-603 courtesy Austal USA, from the Navy News Stand)
    Montgomery / G. Giffords 354k 01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal fitting out pier taken by Curtis in Mobile. Curtis Barber
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    Montgomery 375k 01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) tied up ahead of PCU Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal.
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    mid-December 2016: Mobile, Ala. - A five view series of PCU Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) returning to her fitting-out pier at Austal shipyard from the Gulf of
    Mexico while completing her Acceptance Trials. (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    Gabrielle Giffords
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Emblem
    G. Gifords
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    Gabrielle Giffords History
    View the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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