Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced at a ceremony attended by Giffords that a new Littoral Combat Ship would be named for the Arizona congresswoman who survived a Jan. 2011 assassination attempt, Navy Times
"The selection of Gabrielle Giffords, designated LCS 10, honors the former Congresswoman from Tucson, Arizona, who is known for supporting the military and veterans, advocating for renewable energy and championing border security," the Navy said in a statement accompanying the announcement.
The Navy says the USS Gabrielle Giffords will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots.
It is the 17th ship to be named for a woman, and the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850, the Navy say.
Roxanna Green, whose 9-year-old daughter Christina-Taylor Green was killed in the shooting, was named sponsor of the ship.
"Giffords and the ship's sponsor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspiration and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges," Mabus said. LCSs
recently have been named for cities.