Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords

US Navy accepts 9th littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords.

SEAPOWER, 10 June 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during a June 10 ceremony on the waterfront in Galveston, Texas, the Department of Defense said in a June 9 release.

Gabrielle Giffords is named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s 8th District.

Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joseph Biden, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

“The commissioning of USS Gabrielle Giffords adds the advanced capability of a versatile warship to our nation’s growing fleet,” said Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the Navy. “Today’s ceremony is also a testament to the skill and dedication of our nation’s remarkable shipbuilders, who will be remembered for decades to come as LCS 10 deploys around the world to protect our freedoms.”

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

Each LCS seaframe will be outfitted with a single mission package made up of mission modules containing warfighting systems and support equipment. A dedicated ship crew will combine with aviation assets to deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.

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