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BMCS, USN (Ret.)

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)
  • 23 December 2016: Navy accepted delivery of the ship from her builder
  • 10 June 2017: Commissioned at Port of Galveston, Texas; Commander Keith Woodley in command, assigned to LCSRon 1 at San Diego, Cal.

    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)
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    Gabrielle Giffords 100k Gabrielle Dee Giffords, a former U.S. Representative from Arizona, was born in Tucson, Ariz. on 08 June 1970. She graduated from University High School, Tucson in 1988; received a B.A. at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. in 1993; and a Master in Regional Planning from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. in 1996. Giffords worked as an associate for regional economic development at Price Waterhouse in New York City. In 1996, she became president and CEO of El Campo Tire Warehouses, a local chain of auto service centers founded by her grandfather. The business was sold to Goodyear Tire in 2000.

    Giffords was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives and served from 2001 to 2003. She was elected to the Arizona Senate in the fall of 2002, and at the time was the youngest woman elected to that body. She took office in January 2003 and was re-elected in 2004. She resigned from the Arizona Senate on 01 December 2005, in preparation for her congressional campaign. Elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Tenth Congress on 03 January 2007, and to the two succeeding Congresses, she served until her resignation on 25 January 2012.

    On 08 January 2011, Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona, during her first "Congress on Your Corner" (a public opportunity for constituents to speak directly with their representatives) gathering of the year. A man ran up to the crowd and began firing, hitting 19 people, and killing six. She was quickly evacuated to the University Medical Center of Tucson in critical condition, though she was still conscious and "following commands" at the time. On the same day, doctors performed emergency surgery to extract skull fragments and a small amount of necrotic tissue from her brain. The bullet passed through Giffords's head without crossing the midline of the brain, where the most critical injuries typically result. Her recovery was long and arduous

    On 22 January 2012, Giffords announced in a video statement that she intended to resign her seat so that she could continue to focus on her recovery. She attended the 2012 State of the Union Address on 24 January, and formally submitted her resignation on 25 January. Appearing on the floor of the House, after the last bill she sponsored was brought to a vote and unanimously passed, Giffords was lauded by members of Congress and the majority and minority leaders who spoke in tribute to her strength and accomplishment in an unusual farewell ceremony.


    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) (2017 - ) was the first ship to be named in her honor.        (U.S. Navy photo from the Navy News Stand)
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    Gabrielle 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
    Gabrielle 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)
    Gabrielle 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)
    Gabrielle 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)
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    Gabrielle 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)
    Gabrielle 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
    Phenix City, Ala.
    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 248k 17 May 2017: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors assigned to the future littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) conduct a foreign objects damage walk-down prior to commencing training on the flight deck.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170517-N-GI439-041 by OS1 Lee Tran, from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Gabrielle Giffords 722k 10 June 2017: Galveston, Tex. - Sailors assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) stand in formation during the ship's commissioning ceremony held in the Port of Galveston, Texas. Gabriel Giffords is the 9th littoral combat ship to be commissioned and is named for former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170610-N-BL450-006 by Lt. Miranda Williams, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 337k 10 June 2017: Galveston, Tex. - The crew of the newest littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) "mans the ship and brings her to life" during a commissioning ceremony held in the Port of Galveston, Texas. Gabriel Giffords is the 10th LCS to be commissioned and is named for former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It is assigned to LCS Squadron One, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170610-N-GF980-015 by MCC Michael D. Mitchell, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 130k 10 June 2017: Galveston, Tex. - Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran turns over command of the littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) to Cmdr. Keith Woodley during a commissioning ceremony held at the Port of Galveston, Texas. Giffords is the ninth LCS to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Independence variant.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170610-N-GF980-005 by MCC Michael D. Mitchell, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 123k 10 June 2017: Galveston, Tex. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston. In 2012 the Secretary of the Navy announced the future ship's name and USS Gabriel Giffords became the 16th ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850. The ship is commanded by Cmdr. Keith Woodley, a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, who leads the core crew of 50 officers and enlisted personnel. The 3,200-ton Gabriel Giffords was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The ship is 421 feet in length, has a beam of 103 feet, and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship uses two gas turbine and two diesel engines to power four steerable waterjets to speeds in excess of 40 knots. USS Gabriel Giffords will depart Galveston and begin her transit to her homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy video frame grab #170610-N-N0101-001, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 479k 05 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) transits San Diego Bay to arrive at the ship's homeport of Naval Base San Diego. Gabriel Giffords is the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship and one of seven littoral combat ships homeported in San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170705-N-AZ808-011 by MCSN Nicholas Burgains, from the Navy News Stand)
    Ron Reeves
    Gabrielle Giffords 422k 05 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) arrives at its homeport of Naval Base San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170705-N-AZ808-023 by MCSN Nicholas Burgains, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 281k 21 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) prepares to moor at Broadway Pier to provide public tours July 22-23, 2017. Giffords is the newest Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) and one of seven LCSs homeported in San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170721-N-DX349-100 by MC2 Phil Ladouceur, from the Navy News Stand)
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    Gabrielle Giffords 346k 21 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Members of the public watch as the littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) moors at Broadway Pier, where the ship will provide public tours July 22-23, 2017. Giffordsis the newest Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) and one of seven LCSs homeported in San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170721-N-DX349-267 by MC2 Phil Ladouceur, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 283k 22 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) is moored at San Diego's Broadway Pier for public ship tours. Gabriel Giffords is the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship and one of seven LCS homeported in San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170722-N-RG360-0125 by MC1 Melissa K. Russell, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 208k 22 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) is moored at San Diego's Broadway Pier for public ship tours. Gabriel Giffords is the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship and one of seven LCS homeported in San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170722-N-RG360-0112 by MC1 Melissa K. Russell, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 551k 24 August 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) transits San Diego Bay, Calif. While underway, the ship is conducting combat systems ship qualification trials. Gabriel Giffords is the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship and one of seven LCS homeported in San Diego, Calif.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170824-N-GO855-031 by MC1 Charles White, from the Navy News Stand)
    Gabrielle Giffords 437k 24 August 2017: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) transits San Diego Bay, Calif. While underway, the ship is conducting combat systems ship qualification trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170824-N-GO855-047 by MC1 Charles White, from the Navy News Stand)

    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.

    Gabrielle Giffords' Commanding Officers

    Blue CrewGold Crew
    1.) 10 June 2016Cmdr. Keith Clevedon Whitley (St. Thomas, USVI)1.) 10 Jun. 2016Cmdr. Kevin Patrick Meehan (USNA '99) (Brightwaters, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    View Gabrielle Giffords' Official Web page
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation

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