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Navy names littoralcombat ship for former congresswoman Giffords
Sierra Vista Herald ^

Posted on 02/10/2012 3:20:23 PM PST by SandRat

Littoral ship named for Gabby ---

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: canada; gabby; gabbygiffords; gabriellegiffords; mexico; navy; pcism

1 posted on 02/10/2012 3:20:34 PM PST by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Oh for crying out loud!!! We can’t get this POS out of the WH fast enough...it just never ends. It just never ends.


2 posted on 02/10/2012 3:24:06 PM PST by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: SandRat

How silly


3 posted on 02/10/2012 3:25:12 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: SandRat
No matter how deserving, I will always feel uncomfortable naming anything after a living person.

Reminds me of Mao's China or Saddam's Iraq.

There is an enormous difference between a cult of personality, and the heartfelt honoring of all who make special sacrifices while alive, at the appropriate time.

4 posted on 02/10/2012 3:30:42 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: SandRat
It's not silly. Within five or ten years, the narrative's going to be this: Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot down in the street by one of the founders of the Tea Party, who was egged on by things he heard during a Sarah Palin conference call.

Conservatives and Tea Partiers will object, we'll scream and gnash our teeth, and the MSM will completely ignore us. The narrative will be what it is, and it will be forever.

You mark my words. Here me today and believe me tomorrow.

5 posted on 02/10/2012 3:32:36 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: SandRat

It seems to be that the way to become a Democrat icon is to go the JFK, RFK, Gabby Giffords route and have your brains blown out.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 3:36:51 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Steely Tom

Already done by Sheriff DumbHick of Pima County, and the MSM ran full speed with it.


7 posted on 02/10/2012 3:37:31 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

So the type of ship ryhymes with the name of a female body part. Mulva


8 posted on 02/10/2012 3:39:22 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: crosshairs

Deloris!


9 posted on 02/10/2012 3:41:19 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: SandRat

It was further revealed that the new ship only turns to port.........


10 posted on 02/10/2012 3:45:33 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Salvavida

It was found that it also lists Heavily to Port.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 3:57:56 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat
No offense to Ms Giffords, but there are thousands of military heroes - that have given their lives for their country - that deserve such an honor long long long before her.
12 posted on 02/10/2012 4:02:31 PM PST by USMA '71 ((Re-elect no one!))
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To: SandRat

Thank you!! I’ll be here all week.

Try the veal!


13 posted on 02/10/2012 4:05:04 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: USMA '71

I agree, but that wouldn’t meet the ulttra-PCism of the DumyCRAP Party.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 4:05:12 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: USMA '71

I agree, but that wouldn’t meet the ultra-PCism of the DumyCRAP Party.


15 posted on 02/10/2012 4:05:26 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat
If she were an honorable and sincere person who cared about America and it's military, she would, instead of feeding her ego (or her astronaut husbands' ego) write a letter to obama and the Secretary of the Navy saying something like:

"I appreciate the idea of naming a ship for me, but also feel it should not be done. There are plenty of military hero's, especially those who were wounded or killed in combat, who could be recognized by this honor. Afterall, I am not a hero, just a civilian who just happened to have been on a street in America and got shot by a mentally ill civilian. Perhaps you could even consider one of the more than a dozen soldiers who were murdered by Major Hussain at Fort Hood. Or, even a better idea would be to name it U.S.S. FORT HOOD. That would be a very patriotic name for a ship. And, very unique...a NAVY ship named for an ARMY base."

"I will be expecting a positive response from you within the next 2 weeks. Thank you. Gabby Gifford, Civilian".

16 posted on 02/10/2012 4:10:06 PM PST by jmax
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To: Salvavida

I understand that it has a hole in the stern and half the Bridge and CIC is missing.....


17 posted on 02/10/2012 4:11:10 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: SandRat

What a bunch of crap. She probably knew this before she retired. Giffords and others in Congress are in a luxury country club where taxpayers not only pay their dues but their compensation too.

She (like all others in Congress) did nothing to deserve a ship being named after her, unless spending other people’s money and getting shot is a qualification. Why isn’t the mental midget who shot her on public trial so we find out what makes him tick?

The young Americans that served multiple tours and the taxpayers who paid deserve naming privileges, not DC.


18 posted on 02/10/2012 4:13:12 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: SandRat

I think they left the C off Littoral


19 posted on 02/10/2012 4:13:24 PM PST by itsahoot (I will Vote for Palin, even if I have to write her in.(Recycled Tagline))
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To: Publius6961

“...No matter how deserving, I will always feel uncomfortable naming anything after a living person.”

People should be dead before they get a stamp or a ship named after them. Period.

I liked the days when we named classes of ships after things like dead presidents or states or famous battles, etc. Naming stuff after bureaucrats is pathetic.


20 posted on 02/10/2012 4:18:58 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Robe

That is so bad!! It took me two reads to get it.

Nothing against Gabby, of course, but she doesn’t rate having a USS anything named after her. I doubt the Navy had a choice.


21 posted on 02/10/2012 4:20:58 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: SandRat

If I were a superstitious sailor, I’d have to think that sailing on a newly minted ship named after somebody basically famous for geting shot in the head would not be an auspicious omen.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 4:35:47 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: SandRat

I hate to be a wet blanket. This is absurd. A B S U R D!


23 posted on 02/10/2012 4:44:03 PM PST by FryingPan101 (My taglines always lose.)
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To: SandRat

No living person, let alone a politician should have a public outhouse named after them, let alone a ship.

This is the ultimate recognition and it should be reserved only for those exceptional people that are now deceased, and must be awarded posthumously.


24 posted on 02/10/2012 4:44:38 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: USMA '71

Agreed.


25 posted on 02/10/2012 4:44:44 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: apoliticalone

Dictators always want stuff named after them while they are alive to gloat.


26 posted on 02/10/2012 5:13:28 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: SandRat

There is an MSNBC article entitled “New Navy ship named after Gabrielle Giffords”. I scrolled through the readers’ comments, and it looks like about 90% against this. You’d think there would be a bunch of lefties over there, praising the decision. Hmmmmm.


27 posted on 02/10/2012 5:44:23 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: jmax
She has the mind of a child now, so I don't blame her so much, just the people using her. That said, if she had her pre-shooting mind, I don't think she'd turn it down. Few politicians would, unfortunately. Most are just power-hungry narcissists.

As Buckley said about the first 100 names in the phone book, we'd be better off with them. Most of them would hate being politicians, but more would be inclined to do the right thing.

28 posted on 02/10/2012 5:58:17 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet
Wait until the Arizona RED Star picks it up. Ten there will be a bunch of lefties over there, praising the decision.
29 posted on 02/10/2012 6:08:50 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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American Forces Press Service

Giffords Has Navy Ship Named in Her Honor

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2012 – Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords today heard Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announce that the newest ship in the Navy inventory will be named in her honor.

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, attend a ceremony at the Pentagon, Feb. 10, 2012. Mabus announced the naming of the Navy's newest next variant littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords, at the ceremony. Giffords was critically wounded in 2011 by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  

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The Navy’s fifth Independence-variant littoral combat ship, 10th in the LCS series, will be commissioned as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, Mabus said during a ceremony in the Pentagon’s center courtyard.

“You make this occasion special by your presence,” Mabus told Giffords. “What you did in Congress for our military, and for those who serve in it, gave substance to what America feels for those in uniform.”

Littoral combat ships are a major part of the Navy’s future, capable of “an amazing variety of missions,” and one of the sea service’s most versatile, valuable ships, the secretary said.

“The name this ship bears, and the story represented by that name, will inspire all those who come in contact with her,” he said, noting that Giffords serves as a living example of the Navy’s motto of “Semper Fortis” -- “Always Courageous.”

“Unwavering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years, and it is what we expect and what we demand from our sailors every single day,” Mabus said. “So it’s very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage, who has inspired the nation … and showed the possibilities of the human spirit.”

Giffords was shot in the head in an apparent assassination attempt during a public event in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011. She was one of 13 people wounded, while six others were killed.
She is a Navy spouse whose husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, retired from the Navy in 2011. Giffords stepped down from her seat representing Arizona’s 8th congressional district in January, saying she needed time to recover.

Mabus also announced today the ship’s sponsor will be Roxanna Green. Green, who also attended the ceremony, is the mother of Christina-Taylor Green, a 9-year-old girl who was killed at the event where Giffords was shot.

Mabus explained that a ship’s sponsor christens the vessel with champagne at its launch and gives the order to bring the ship to life when it is commissioned.

Christina-Taylor Green had just been elected to the student council and wanted to become “a more active participant in our democracy,” the secretary said.

“Roxanna Green continues to express her daughter’s hope for the future,” Mabus added, “and as the president said, of ‘a nation as good as she imagined.’”

Giffords and Green “will be a part of the life of this ship, and our Navy’s history,” he said.

Kelly and former Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, also were present at today’s ceremony. They, along with Giffords and Green, met with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other DOD leaders before the event.

"The secretary was delighted to meet with Gabby Giffords at the Pentagon earlier today," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. "The new ship, which will bear her name, will stand as a testament to courage and resilience, inspiring all those who serve our nation. He wished her all the best as she continues to recover from the tragedy that injured her and took the lives of others."

Earlier today, President Barack Obama signed into law Giffords’ last piece of legislation, the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012.

“This bill gives our nation’s law enforcement expanded authority to combat illicit drug trafficking on our Northern and Southern borders,” Obama said. “Being able to sign it next to my friend Gabby Giffords gives me enormous pride.”

The president added while the legislation may have been her last act as a congresswoman, “it will not be her last act of public service.”

The LCS 10 is part of a dual block buy of LCS-class ships Mabus announced in December 2010. The ship will be 419 feet long, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace about 3,000 tons, and will make speed in excess of 40 knots.

Littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments against “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The ships are also capable of open-ocean operation.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom and the Independence, designed and built by teams led, respectively, by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.
 

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Photo Essay: Giffords Attends Pentagon Ceremony in her Honor


Click photo for screen-resolution image Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona, center-right, admires a picture depicting the USS Gabrielle Giffords, the Navy’s fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship, which Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, center, unveiled during an event at the Pentagon, Feb. 10, 2012. Giffords’ husband, retired Navy astronaut Mark Kelly, front-right, former Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, far left, and Roxanna Green, mother of Christina-Taylor Green, who was killed during the same event in which Giffords was shot, also attended the ceremony. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution image Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announces the naming of the Navy's newest next variant littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords, after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona at the Pentagon, Feb. 10, 2012. Giffords was critically wounded in 2011 by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley  
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30 posted on 02/10/2012 6:30:11 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Where is the USS Mary Jo Kopechne?


31 posted on 02/10/2012 6:57:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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I think the Dems need to name a ship after Kracker Klnton's Beret wearing Oval Office Stained Blue Dress Bimbo.
32 posted on 02/10/2012 7:05:50 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Is there a listing somewhere of all new ship names decided since Barry’s lackeys too over that role? It would be interesting (nauseating?) to see the political turn these names have taken. There is also the far worse USS John Murtha, isn’t there?


33 posted on 02/10/2012 7:38:42 PM PST by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Tatze

I’m sure there is but since I’m not Navy I haven’t the foggiest idea of where it would be.


34 posted on 02/10/2012 7:55:58 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Owl558

So, you had a problem with the USS Reagan?


35 posted on 02/11/2012 6:20:16 AM PST by Truth is my sword
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To: Truth is my sword

“So, you had a problem with the USS Reagan?”

President Reagan had already passed when they named the carrier, I believe, or yes, they should have waited.

Like many people on the thread have pointed out, we have so many great historical and heroic names for ships that we could use. It’s supposed to be an honor. In a way, a ship is like the memorial in your town square, except it floats. I believe a person should be dead before they receive that honor. Phooey on beurocrats.

And no, I don’t see President Reagan as a beurocrat if that is your question. Do you?


36 posted on 02/11/2012 10:52:26 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Owl558

The USS Reagan was christened in 2001 and commissioned in 2003 - President Reagan died in 2004.

Not that they were nearly as significant people, but the USS HW Bush is a Nimitz-class carrier and the USS Jimmy Carter is a specialized submarine. Obviously, both those former presidents are still with us.


37 posted on 02/11/2012 1:28:59 PM PST by Truth is my sword
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To: SandRat

The strangest part of the story?

Apparently the ship will be built with NO lavatories!!!!

In case of combat, the Nave just couldn’t stand the possibility of a story reading:

“In the ensuing combat, the USS Gabrielle Giffords took a round to the head.”


38 posted on 02/11/2012 3:21:37 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: I cannot think of a name

Now you know why they don’t wear white uniforms any longer.


39 posted on 02/11/2012 3:26:12 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: I cannot think of a name

“In case of combat, the Nave just couldn’t stand the possibility of a story reading:

“In the ensuing combat, the USS Gabrielle Giffords took a round to the head.””

Lol!

She is proof you can shoot a Democrat in the head and not hit a brain.


40 posted on 02/11/2012 3:27:35 PM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: Truth is my sword

I am against all the example you give.


41 posted on 02/12/2012 11:22:02 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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