Warship USS Gabrielle Giffords to be commissioned in Texas

Warship USS Gabrielle Giffords to be commissioned in Texas

The 418-foot littoral combat ship was built in Mobile, Alabama, and christened by Dr. Jill Biden in 2015.

"Then Secretary Mabus said, 'We have named this ship for someone synonymous with courage - who has inspired the nation with her remarkable resilience and showed the possibilities of the human spirit, '" said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "I thought of you in my darkest days".

The crew of the USS Gabrielle Giffords stands at the ready prior to the commissioning ceremony on Sat., June 10, 2017, in Galveston, Texas.

After the shooting, which occurred at a constituent event in Tuscon, Giffords was left disabled, and she resigned from her seat in Congress in January 2012.

During Saturday's ceremony in the Gulf Coast city of Galveston, Giffords told a crowd she was honored the ship will carry her name and the vessel is "strong and tough, just like her crew".

The USS Gabrielle Giffords is designed for, "asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast surface craft", according to the U.S. Navy.

"She came out of that experience with grace and faith that is nearly hard to imagine", Clinton said.

It is also the 16th naval ship to be named for a woman. Nanette Barragán and Susan Davis, Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum and Florida Rep. Kathy Castor, as well as actress Olivia Munn. Her husband is retired astronaut Mark Kelly, a former Navy captain who was stationed in Galveston County while serving at NASA.

"Honored to attend the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Gabrielle Giffords #USSGG @GabbyGiffords!", Barragán tweeted. We ask so much of you despite the danger, you say yes. "It's not her top speed. not her shallow draft".

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