Navy ship christening for Giffords, wounded in 2011 shooting

Jun 13, 2015 3:14 PM by News Staff

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona has had a Navy ship named in her honor at a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

Giffords joined with others including Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, as the USS Gabrielle Giffords was christened in a ceremony Saturday afternoon.

The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. It's the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast.

Giffords was badly wounded in a 2011 shooting that left six dead and a total of 13 injured in Tucson. The Democrat left Congress and later founded an organization that supports gun control.

Officials said Giffords was chosen to be the vessel's namesake because she exemplifies strength, courage and resilience.

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