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|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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.
|375k||01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) tied up ahead of PCU Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal.|
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)
|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)
Lcdr., USN (ret.)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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 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 Crew||Gold Crew|
|1.) 10 June 2016||Cmdr. Keith Clevedon Whitley (St. Thomas, USVI)||1.) 10 Jun. 2016||Cmdr. Kevin Patrick Meehan (USNA '99) (Brightwaters, N.Y.)|
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