WASHINGTON (The Blaze/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.”
Watch Gifford’s reaction when she sees the image of the ship named after here — “Wow”:
The Hill has more from Mabus:
“It’s very appropriate that the LCS-10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency,” Mabus said.
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.