Skip to comments.Navy Announces USS Gabrielle Giffords
Posted on 03/25/2013 8:29:13 PM PDT by Red Steel
The Navys newest ship will be the USS Gabrielle Giffords.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement at a Pentagon ceremony today, calling Giffords someone whose name is synonymous with courage.
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords looked on at the Pentagon as Mabus made the announcement in a public ceremony. Also in attendance at this afternoons brief ceremony in the Pentagon Courtyard was Roxana Green, the mother of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.
Christina-Taylor was among those killed in last years deadly shooting rampage in Tucson that targeted Giffords as she met constituents outside a supermarket. Roxana Green will be the ships sponsor.
Giffords is still recovering from the gunshot wounds to her head that she suffered during last Januarys shooting incident. She stepped down from Congress two weeks ago.
The ship named today for her, which has yet to be built, will be the Navys 10th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a new kind of ship designed to bring the Navy fighting power into shallow coastal areas. The first two ships in this class were called Freedom and Independence, but the conventional practice since then has been to name the other ships in the class after a city.
Its very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency and showed the possibilities of the human spirit, said Mabus.
Mabus said the notion occurred to him that this would be a fitting tribute not only to Giffords but to Navy families because she was a Navy spouse. Her husband, Mark Kelly, was until recently an astronaut and Navy pilot.
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I love the Onion.
The first "Skittles & Tea" powered vessel!
This is just as innapropriate and patently offensive as the USS Trayvon Martin, or USS Homosexual Marriage. I don’t even recognise this country anymore. As Taylor said in planet of the apes, it’s a madhouse... a madhouse.
Don’t give them any ideas.
How can we afford to buy a new ship? With the sequester and all?
You’re got to be kidding. It’s like we’re living on bizzaro world.
You are a bad man.
Well....we send our queers and women to fight now...ships should be named sensitively as well.
How about some fighting heroes and names of warrior renown....nah, too old, male, angry and white.
It started to go to hell when they named a carrier for Carter whose only combat was with an aggressive aquatic rabbit and its been downhill ever since.
My father and and two uncles served on ships with names like Midway, Iowa, and Duncan.....now my sons will serve on the Gabby...oh wait...they won’t join a navy like this....and that guys is the plan. As well as Mabus boot-licking Obama and the libs wanting to memorialize another brain impaired gun victim prop before they plant old Jim Brady.
Ray Mabus is making quite a name for himself.
First the USS John P. Murtha and now the USS Gabrielle Giffords.
Ray baby needs to go, and soon.
I hope on day 1, someone scuttles the ship.
Better we name a ship after Crazy Horse or Sitting Bull...they were real warriors.
What happened to her was horrible. She is dealing with it. Why is that courageous?
What would be an example of an uncourageous way of dealing with something like this?
She was shit. Probbaly approriate to name an LPR in her memory
I guess we can expect the USS Yoko Ono and the USS Jim Carrey next for their “courage” in the liberals’ fight against the Bill of Rights.
Why name a vessel after a woman seeking to take my freedom and being openly used by others to take my freedom?
Forgive me for being blunt, but I don’t have a whole Hell of a lot of love and respect for Mrs. Giffords.
You get a carrier named after you if are skilled enough to get shot in the head... ? forget all the selfless warriors we have lost, let's name it after a liberal politician who never really accomplished anything commendable.
I'm curious (I really don't know), does this woman have the capacity to understand the level in which she is being abused and paraded around just to gain political sympathy points? Even my very young son understands shame
Frank Gifford deserves it more.
How about the USS Christie. Adrift off the coast of Jersey in a sea of his own stupidity?
Oh wait the tide has turned. I’m changing boats.