Skip to comments.Navy names ship for former congresswoman Giffords
Posted on 02/10/2012 2:29:31 PM PST by stevie_d_64
..WASHINGTON (AP) The Navy has named a ship for Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head received in January 2011.
In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist's rendering of the USS Gabrielle Giffords.
The littoral combat ship is among the Navy's most versatile and can operate in shallower coastal waters than larger ships.
Mabus said: "God bless the USS Gabrielle Giffords and all who sail in her."
Mabus also announced that the ship's "sponsor" is Roxanna Green. She's the mother of Christina-Taylor Green. The 9-year-old who was among six people killed in the shooting. Thirteen, including Giffords, were wounded. The sponsor's initials will be welded into the keel of the ship.
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In. The. Tank.
Lets also have a USS Rush Limbaugh! (since we’re going down the road of cheapening how we name ships)
There are dozens of other ways to honor Rep Giffords, but this practice of naming ships after individuals who had nothing to do with the military really bothers me.
As a former sailor, I can say that today’s Navy is a friggin joke. I can’t believe how much it has changed since 1991.
I agree. But I guess all you need is to be a Democrat and get yourself shot.
We wouldn’t have had to worry if she had a (R) after her name.
No disrespect for Ms. Giffords, but other than taking a bullet in the head how does she merit having her name affixed to a warship?
I thought you had to be dead before a ship could be named after you plus some sort of heroics on your part - oh, wait, there’s the USS Murtha (defamed the Marines) and the USS Carter (AKA USS Peanut) who depleted the Navy.
Sorry for what happened to Ms Giffords, but this is insanity. Just looked up to see if there’s a USS Thomas H. Moorer, and couldn’t find anything. Moorer was a USNA grad, at Pearl Harbor, eventually Chmn of Joint Chiefs. He passed away in 2004. Is there a reason we have a Gabrielle Giffords in the USN, but not a ship named for a deceased Navy man who reached the top of the military?
Just think of the symbolism if this one gets sunk with one shot.
Very good questions and comments...
I can think of a list of ship names that should be attributed to those sailors killed in the line of duty since the first Gulf War...
Naming one after Murtha (Marine, and dead democrat politician) was a mistake...Especially after what he said about the Haditha Marines, who were exhonerated of any wrong-doing...
Giffords...Well, I have mixed feelings about it...
They named one after US Navy diver J. Steatham after he was executed on that hyjacked airliner many years ago...
I always thought a CVN should be named after Bob Hope...I thought that would be more appropriate than most anythign else considering all the USO and charity events he did for the military over his lifetime...
Just my opinion...
We started down that road when they renamed CV42 after that dead commie. Naming carriers after places where American patriots made their names shine, ships and battlefields, was IMHO wholly appropriate. Best of all were the ones named for places naval aviators fought and died. I still think there should be a CV named USS Yankee Station.
Relax people, the ship has a complement of 450 heads and no bridge.
And whose main accomplishment was surviving a head wound.
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She got shot in the head. By a liberal extremist. That sucks, but what did she ever do for the Navy? Or the US in general for that matter? Besides getting shot in the head.
The politicization of naming ships has to stop. No ship should be named after a living person. We should go back to traditional ship names, not name ships after the political celebrity of the week. Whats next? USS Kim Kardashian?
why are they renaming the USS Cole?
Now even communist farm union organizers can get their own navy ship.
Coming soon: Naming rights:
“In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist’s rendering of the USS Solyndra”
I’m glad to see so many people had the same reaction as I did. It’s not even a question of trying to honor Gabrielle Giffords by doing this. The sole purpose is to keep the issue alive as a tool for improving Obama’s election chances.
They could care less about Giffords. They are USING her, as a political tool.
Amen. Look how long it took for us to get a USS Ronald Reagan, and no President in my lifetime was a bigger supporter of the Navy and the military in general than he was.
I suppose it could be worse, we could get the USS Baraq Hussein Obama (MMM MMM MMM)
Exactly, this is Pandering pure and simple, and it aint right.
They should have named it Seal Team 6.
This reminds me of Eric Klinghaufer getting the “metal of honor “ for getting thrown off the Achille Lauro passenger ship in his wheel chair by a Palestinian. You can’t make up how misplaced that is. A”hero” is someone who does something beyond the call of regular duty and who stands out and usually kills a bunch of enemy soldiers. Standing there getting shot does not make one an icon. Did she save anybody? Have we lost our collective mind? I can’t even fathom how bad the navy must be these days.
I guess the modern sailor finding himself (or herself) fighting aboard the Gabby Giffords is just another sign of the times.
I read someplace that the SSN-23 (jimma carter) is the only Navy boat known by it’s sail number and has no nickname.
I really don’t think she deserved to have even a single fitting on the ship named for her.
Honor her for what? She survived, others died that day, including a little girl. She wasn’t in combat, she didn’t take a bullet for anyone, and it wasn’t a terrorist attack. She was giving a speech in a public forum to sell her political agenda, she was shot by a crazy man, she fell to the ground, was rushed to the hospital and instinctively fought to live. She didnt save anyones life that day. It is a slap in the face to every real hero in this country.
“This reminds me of Eric Klinghaufer getting the metal of honor for getting thrown off the Achille Lauro passenger ship in his wheel chair by a Palestinian.”
I think you meant Leon Klinghoffer.
And he was not awarded the Medal of Honor, but merely recommnended for the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement, which is a civilian award, recommended because Klinhoffer refused to back down to the terrorists, even in the when they theatened him with death.
I don’t believe the award was ultimately granted.
How about Purple Hearts for the soldiers shot/murdered in the course of the War on Terror by the terrorist doctor in Texas?
What’s next? The SS Criminal Biatch?
Oh......I meant SS Nancy Pelosi.
So wrong for so many reasons.
Let me suggest renaming all the MLK Avenues and Esplanades for Gabby Giffords as well.
If that isn't enough: “In 1998, Mabus secretly tape recorded conversations he had with his then-wife Julie and a mutual friend (a priest) in attempts to resolve marital difficulties. The conversations provided a basis for Mabus to obtain sole legal custody of the children from that marriage.”
How about the USS Palin’s Fault?
To name a ship after a minor elected official whose only claim to fame is taking a round is pathetic.
Let’s hope the ship is a more artful dodger than Gifford
But the point is, and I think we agree, that this particular honor is completely inappropriate.
Beat me to it.
Rather see it named after her husband, he’s a lot more deserving than she is.
I would think that we would want to use this honor for those who have shown achievement, contribution, and bravery to this nation. Gifford was a two term, average congresswoman,and the only thing that elevated her to the status of having a ship named after her was a crazed gunman and of course, she is a liberal. I assume it is the extraordinary “courage” she has shown in her fight to survive. I have to laugh, I know situations as we all do, and people who have faced diversity that makes Giffords recuperation look like a walk in the park.
Why? He’s another gun-grabbing, tea-party slandering, leftist.
He clearly knew within a few months that Giffords wouldn’t be coming back to duty, yet continued to stream the propaganda out. He and her other handlers taped audio together to make it seem like Giffords was up and speaking. They continually sent out fake Twitter and FB entries. He most likely is an adulterer, since he started courting Giffords while still married (oh yes, this timeline was online at one point). It’s one reason the daughters scorned and rejected Giffords. He has not a shred of integrity — at least she has the excuse of not being cognizant.
It has no nickname because the sailors aboard will not utter the name of the traitor it is named after.