- The Washington Times
Friday, June 12, 2015

A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship will be christened in honor of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords this weekend.

“The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the beginning of what is certain to be a long life for this great ship,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement Thursday, The Hill reported.


The former Democratic congresswoman survived a mass shooting by Jared Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died and 11 were injured. Mrs. Giffords miraculously survived a bullet wound to the head.

This ship truly embodies the Navy motto of Semper Fortis — Always Courageous,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus added, The Hill reported.


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