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USS Gabrielle Giffords Arrives in San Diego, at New Homeport

USS Gabrielle Giffords arrived Wednesday at Naval Base San Diego, completing her first voyage to her homeport.

The ship, named after former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, was commissioned in Galveston, Texas on June 10.

The crew has been training and also performing equipment and system checks, as it traveled through the Panama Canal and visited Manzanillo, Mexico.

Former U.S Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, selected the namesake because Giffords is "synonymous with courage when she inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency and showed the possibilities of the human spirit."

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) is the ninth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth independence-variant LCS.

It joins the other LCS ships in San Diego: USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), and USS Montgomery (LCS 8).

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