Scene on the Sound: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Photo by Jan Hansen

According to 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 Gabby Giffords, who was shot along with eighteen other people during a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

The ship's name was announced by then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on 10 February 2012. Gabrielle Giffords is 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 littoral combat ship (LCS) is a set of two classes of relatively small surface vessels designed for operations near shore by the United States Navy. It was "envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals."


Marti Davis June 15, 2021 at 12:26 PM  

I really appreciate Jan Hansen's postings of ship activity on our Sound. I wouldn't have a clue what is going by or what the names and purposes of the vessels are. Thank you, Jan! You make the traffic on our Sound meaningful and interesting. And it is an honor to know that Representative Giffords has a US Naval Ship named in her honor and I also learned what "littoral" means!

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