As I write this 1:00pm CT the commissioning ceremony is taking place.
From WTKR TEXAS – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly will join the United States Navy for a ceremony to commission the Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the USS Gabrielle Giffords. Secretary Hillary Clinton and former Second Lady Jill Biden will join elected officials and military leaders in delivering remarks at the ceremony. The former Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head and badly wounded in 2011, the vessel is the ninth littoral combat ship to join the fleet. It is also the 16th naval ship to be named for a woman. The Navy expects to receive a total of 26 LCS ships, which come in two versions, the Independence class and Freedom class. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin and the Independence variant is built by Austal USA. The Giffords vessel is of the Independence class.
From Wikipedia – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. The ship is named after former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot along with eighteen other people during the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The ship’s name was announced by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on 10 February 2012. Gabrielle Giffords will be the 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman by the United States Navy, and the 13th U.S. naval ship since 1850 to be named after a living person. The ship was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 December 2016. It is scheduled to be commissioned on June 10, 2017 in Galveston, TX.
Reported by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
Saturday – 10 June 2017