Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Warship USS Gabrielle Giffords commissioned in Texas

Warship USS Gabrielle Giffords commissioned in Galveston 'USS Gabrielle Giffords' Navy warship commissioned
Carlton Santiago | 11 June, 2017, 07:09

The U.S. Navy's newest ship, which is named for a former congresswoman from Arizona and will be homeported in San Diego, was commissioned Saturday during a ceremony in Galveston, Texas.

Giffords told a crowd at the ceremony in the Texas Gulf Coast city of Galveston that she was honored the 421-foot-long ship will carry her name and the vessel is "strong and tough, just like her crew".

Hillary Clinton, Joe and Jill Biden and several esteemed U.S. Navy officials sat on stage alongside Giffords to show support. Especially a living woman.

"I thought of you of, the men and women of the US military, on my hardest days", she said.

"Let us never forget it is that spirit and our values that keep us going year after year, and that's why it is so fitting that this new, dynamic, extraordinary ship be named - named for the former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords", Clinton said.

"Despite danger, you say 'yes, '" she said. The killer, Jared Loughner, was sentenced to life in prison.

The USS Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth in a series of high-speed vessels created to navigate in shallow coastal waters while detecting mines, quiet submarines and fast surface vessels, according to the Navy.

Giffords helped christen the $475 million ship in 2015.

It is also the 16th naval ship to be named for a woman.

The USS Gabrielle Giffords is designed for, "asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft", according to the U.S. Navy. "Fair winds and following seas!"

"Honored to attend the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Gabrielle Giffords #USSGG @GabbyGiffords!", Barragán tweeted.

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