Gabrielle Giffords Salutes Sailors as Warship Named for Her Commissioned

  • Gabrielle Giffords Salutes Sailors as Warship Named for Her Commissioned

Gabrielle Giffords Salutes Sailors as Warship Named for Her Commissioned

Giffords helped christen the $475 million ship in 2015.

The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned a warship named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), making it the third Navy ship ever to be named after a living woman.

"I'm so happy to be here with you today", announced Gabrielle Giffords as she took to the podium. "And you set sail with the spirit and the character of an American hero we are proud to name this ship after", said Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations.

Giffords told a crowd at the ceremony in the Texas Gulf Coast city of Galveston that she was honored the 421-foot-long ship will carry her name and the vessel is "strong and tough, just like her crew". Clinton, Pelosi and Biden honored the former representative for her service in the House, her heroism following the assassination attempt and her dedicated activism since then.

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. "Honor, courage, commitment - that's why we are here, to give full meaning to these ideals, so that whenever the U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords travels, the world will know that it is unstoppable, and it is the full definition of a patriotism that defines the greatest most powerful country in the world".

Clinton heralded Giffords as "a truly great American", saying the former representative came out of the assassination attempt "with grace and faith that is nearly hard to imagine".

"Excited to celebrate the commissioning of the #USSGabrielleGiffords with my wonderful friends @GabbyGiffords & @ShuttleCDRKelly!"

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton walks to the stage while attending a commissioning ceremony for the USS Gabrielle Giffords in Galveston, Texas on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

"We ask so much of you". Her husband is retired astronaut Mark Kelly, a former Navy captain who was stationed in Galveston County while serving at NASA.