USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) Littoral Combat Ship / Amphibious Assault Vessel
USS Gabrielle Giffords, named after the former U.S. Senator, wascommissioned on June 10th, 2017 in Galveston, Texas.
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USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) was awarded to Austal USA on March 16th, 2012. The keel was laid down on April 16th, 2014 and the vessel was put out to sea on February 26th, 2015. Christened in June of 2015, the warship was formally commissioned on June 10th, 2017 to begin its service life with the United States Navy. Belonging to the Independence-class "Littoral Combat Ship" group, USS Gabrielle Giffords is one of thirteen planned vessels. Five are in active service as of 2017.
The warship is named after the former U.S. Senator Gabrielle Giffords.
The Independence-class was born from an original Austal cruise ship plan focused on achieving high speeds (around 40 knots). As in this cruise ship plan, the militarized Independence-class also employs a trimaran hull with the bridge superstructure integrated into the contours of the ship. The bridge sits at center with a helideck over stern and a sharply tapered bow at front. The "Littoral Combat Ship" classification stems from the class' close-to-shore support design. The group is also given inherent stealth characteristics and showcase a small footprint.