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Navy names combat ship for Giffords

Latest littoral combat ship to bear former congresswoman's name

The U.S. Navy's latest littoral combat ship will be named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday.

Mabus made the announcement at the Pentagon Center Courtyard in Arlington, Va., with Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, looking on.

Roxana Green, mother of slain 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, was named sponsor of the ship, the Navy said. She also was present for the announcement.

“Giffords and the ship’s sponsor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspiration and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges," Mabus said.

Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8, 2011, in Tucson when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire on a crowd gathered for a Congress on Your Corner event. Christina-Taylor Green was fatally shot in the attack that killed five others and wounded 13, including Giffords.

Giffords resigned from Congress on Jan. 25.

The ship will be the 10th in the LCS series. The LCS 10 will be 419 feet in length and will travel in excess of 40 knots, the Navy said. 

The class of ships is designed for combat and can maneuver close to shore for mine, anti-submarine and surface warfare, the Navy said.

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