USS Gabrielle Giffords will be open to the public this weekend at Broadway Pier.
Tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
USS Gabrielle Giffords arrived at her new homeport, Naval Base San Diego, on July 5th.
The ship is named after former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011.
USS Gabrielle Giffords is homeported in San Diego and is one of nine littoral combat ships (LCS) in the fleet. These high-speed, agile, shallow draft combatant ships operate in littorals and open ocean.
As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants.
With surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations.
USS Gabrielle Giffords was commissioned in Galveston, Texas on June 10.
Visitors to this weekend’s tours will board on a first come, first served basis. There may be a wait in line during peak hours.
The Navy says all visitors and any bags will be subject to screening before passing the entry control point.
The following items are prohibited:
· Large bags or purses, including backpacks or large camera bags.
· Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons.
· Props or toys that resemble weapons.
· Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace, pepper spray, and aerosol spray cans
· Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
· Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia
· Face paint or costumes
USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) is the ninth littoral combat ship in the fleet and the fifth independence-variant LCS.
For more information on USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), click here.