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Commissioning a Ship: USS Gabrielle Giffords

An aerial view of the U.S. Navy littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) during its launch sequence. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

On Saturday, the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) was commissioned. Dr. Jill Biden serves as the littoral combat ship's sponsor. The ship is named after former Congresswoman and Navy spouse Gabby Gifford. In her remarks at the christening ceremony in June 2015, Dr. Biden reflected on the inspiring nature of Gabby Giffords in her ability to overcome adversity and her refusal "to let tragedy overshadow the ideals that define her." Dr. Biden said Gabby "represents the same qualities the Navy embodies," noting that, "wherever the USS Gabrielle Giffords travels - the world will know it is unrelenting, it is unstoppable, and it is the full definition of a patriotism that defines the greatest, most powerful country in the world." The USS Gabrielle Giffords is the sixteenth U.S. Navy ship to be named for a woman and the thirteenth since 1850 to be named for a living person. See the commissioning service where Dr. Biden, following the Navy tradition, gave the order "to man our ship and bring her to life!"

In the United States, a ship sponsor carries a very important role. According to the Society of Sponsors, "A Sponsor is named by the Secretary of the Navy. It is a great honor to be named the Sponsor of a United States Navy Ship or a ship that sails with the Navy supporting the fleet. The Sponsor's role is an important one. She will participate in all or some of the milestones in the life of her ship and her experiences will be memorable."

According to the Navy, the USS Gabrielle Giffords is a littoral combat ship and as such is a "focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric 'anti-access' threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft." See the U.S. Navy's website to read more.

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