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Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords Arrives In San Diego After Panama Canal Transit

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) transits San Diego Bay to arrive at the ship’s homeport of Naval Base San Diego on July 5, 2017. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) completed its maiden voyage and arrived in its new homeport of San Diego.

Giffords sailed from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., to Galveston, Texas, for a June 10 commissioning ceremony, and then headed through the Panama Canal to get to California.

During that transit, the ship’s crew conducted Combat Ship Systems Qualification Trials (CSSQT) events, crew certification events and equipment and systems checks, according to a Navy news release.

“Our sailors are honored to represent the ship namesake, its homeport in San Diego and the U.S. Navy,” Cmdr. Keith Woodley, Giffords’ commanding officer, said in the news release.
“Every sailor will continue, through USS Gabrielle Gifford‘s service to her nation, to fulfill the ship’s motto, ‘I Am Ready.'”

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10), the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston on June 10, 2017. US Navy photo.

The ship will be homeported in San Diego alongside six of the other eight commissioned LCSs. Two Freedom-variant LCSs operate out of Mayport, Fla.

Gabrielle Giffords is named after the congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011. Former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in selecting the name that Giffords is “synonymous with courage when she inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency and showed the possibilities of the human spirit.”

  • Keeper2

    Where’s the Sea Giraffe radar?

    • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

      Yeah, Rhibs practically carry more sensors than this.

  • ChrisLongski

    The ship is named after that anti-2nd Amendment dweeb ?

    • Secundius

      Really?/! “The Enemy Within”!/? Both She and her Husband being NRA Members too…

      • ChrisLongski

        It’s a phony political front: Like Liberals being married…

      • ChrisLongski

        No guns for Little People but people like Kelly and Giffords are ‘important’ and have been shown to have a need to conceal-carry, eh wot ? It would be such a tragedy if one of them got hurt…

    • Duane

      Show some respect, she was shot, severely injured, and very nearly killed while doing her job as a congresswoman, meeting with her constituents. She is not anti-2nd amendment, she is a proponent of gun controls that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and whackos. If you disagree with her positions, fine. It’s a free country. But again, show some decency and respect.

      • ChrisLongski

        I have seen her running her mouth in the years since the shooting. I am showing respect by not wishing her ill. The name of that ship was ALL OBAMA !!!

        • Secundius

          Wayne LaPierre “Runs” his mouth too!/? But Nobody’s naming a Ship after him either…

          • ChrisLongski

            I don’t know who LaPierre is. I don’t really care. I don’t like what comes out of her mouth. Self-righteous. Condescending toward Little People. Arrogant. That’s all I care about. Period.

          • Secundius

            CEO of the NRA…

          • ChrisLongski

            Whatever. My rights in any form do not flow from private organizations. I don’t need them to speak for me.

            So I have a beef with what comes out of Giffords’ mouth. THAT i am allowed and should not be labeled Racist, A Hater, or Sexist. I am allowed to disagree with her. And the naming of a ship after her that flowed purely from Obama and was entirely political and in-your-face. I am allowed to disagree.

            Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem – Seneca

          • Secundius

            Sure you ARE!/? But than again, So is SHE…

          • ChrisLongski

            She has a political movement – I don’t. She tries to influence masses of Little People with slanted information – I don’t.

            There are no moral equivalencies to be imposed on this. She’s a legitimate public figure and subject to anything us Little People care to think about her. Or say about her. If peawits care to wish her ill or make cruel jokes – that’s on them, not me.

          • Secundius

            And WHAT’S preventing YOU from being IN or Starting a Political Movement?/! Unless YOU’RE a Political Movement of ONE (Yourself Only)…

          • ChrisLongski

            I don’t have to do or start anything to exercise my rights – which I do in a more responsible manner than the MSM, BTW… All I gotta do is allow Constitutional protections to enshroud me everywhere subject to its authorities.

            You never had Constitutional law at university, I can see that. I am part of the collective rabble the Constitution allows to act in any singular or collective manner they wish to. We are the arbiters and caretakers of the protections.

            And I’ll differ with what comes out of Giffords’ mouth whenever I please. I know that is not to the liking of many. Zah sheisse.

          • Secundius

            You might want to Reread the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution?/! Because NEITHER Document Guarantee’s anything!/? Also get yourself a “New Middle English” copy of the “Oxford Book of the English Word and Their Meaning” (Dictionary) published in 1690. Because BOTH Documents were written in “New Middle English”. Because “Modern English”, DIDN’T exist before 1826…

          • ChrisLongski

            Those who would deprive us of rights always say the Constitution guarantees you nothing. Federal courts disagree with that, because
            I worked as a paralegal in the 9th US Circuit while in college. Those courts impose estoppels and restraints cases and entities on a regular basis that have the net effect of protecting rights you allege we are not guaranteed anywhere.

            Quite an amateurish argument, actually…

          • Secundius

            A “Right” is not a “Guarantee”?/! It’s a “Privilege”!/? You have the Privilege to Own and Operate a Car, NOT the “Right” to Own a Car…

          • ChrisLongski

            But i will make my little blog declaration and disclaimer. My specialty was 4th and 5th Amendments and case law arising from them. I also did 1983 (USC) actions. Under state law (ARS) I did appeals of criminal convictions.

          • Secundius

            And how’s it working for you So Far?/!

          • ChrisLongski

            Verstehen ?

      • bluewaternavy

        Duane, many respect her for surviving a madman’s bullet, but it doesn’t warrant a warship-even a LCS-being named after her.

        When we’ve run out of MoH for Navy Cross recipients, we could still find far more worthy servicemembers to name ships after.

  • Secundius

    Generally Atonic (General Atomics) is developing a 10-MJ Rail Gun for the LCS classes, to be powered by Gas Turbines alone…

  • RobM1981

    Is this news because it’s the maiden voyage of a new navy vessel, or is it news because an LCS transited more than 500 miles without a major engineering casualty?

    Sorry… I’m feeling a bit snarky today.

    • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

      The crew will get a campaign medal for that.
      Surviving a canal transit is a big real for the LCS

      • PolicyWonk

        Let alone surviving an aggressive assault with a can opener…

    • Isa Akhbar

      If I were Gaby Giffords, I’d be seriously pissed to have a floating P.O.S. like that named after me!

  • Lets face it, this is the future.

    • Secundius

      I’ve been saying that since 2012!/? But “Nobody’s” listening…

  • kye154

    The LCS class is nothing but a $400 million pork job, and a death trap for our sailors. This is a poorly designed ship for fight much of anything, except for preventing pirates from boarding the ship along their sloped side.

  • Donald Carey

    This piece calls the ship “it”. Back when I was on active duty, ships were referred to as “she”. When did this change? (Some kind of PC rule?)

  • Duane

    As usual, the anti-LCS trolls show up like blowflies on carrion every mention of this fine class of ships that are more capable for their intended missions of littoral combat than any other warship in the world.

    • Isa Akhbar

      I’m not sure if I should take your comment seriously or not…?

  • Lazarus

    I think many can agree that the process of politically-named ships has gotten out of hand a bit. Perhaps we need a new Congressional ordnance that says no ships to be named for living persons?

    • Secundius

      Follow that “UP” ti include with those with Political Influence and Money too…

  • Ed L

    was it towed or limping two tugs!!!

    • Secundius

      If the question was about the “USS Montgomery”?/! It had nothing to do with the Propulsion System, rather than a Foot Long Crack “Amidships” ~3-feet above the Waterline. Caused by a Tug accidentally Ramming Her…

  • Kim Chul Soo

    So when are the social engineering pukes going to name one after Chelsea Manning?