Navy Ship Named after Gabrielle Giffords

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The courageous recovery of Gabrielle Giffords has landed her a brand new boat -- a very large one.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday that the Navy's next littoral combat ship will don the name USS Gabrielle Giffords.

In an emotional ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a drawing of the USS Gabrielle Giffords, to which Giffords shouted, "Wow, that's good!"

"Unwavering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years, and it is what we expect and what we demand from our sailors every single day," Mabus said.

"So it is very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage," he continued. "Who has inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency, and showed the possibilities of the human spirit."

The ship will be 419 ft. long and weigh 3,000 tons, a metaphorical representation of the massive battle Giffords is continuing to overcome.

Giffords survived a gunshot wound to the head during an assassination attempt against her last January. Nine others were wounded in the Tuscon, Ariz., attack and six people died.

Little 9-year-old Christina Green was among those killed. Born on 9/11, the girl's life and death became a heartfelt representation of patriotism in America.

Her mother Roxanna Green sponsored the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Littoral combat ships are designed for close-to-shore operations, and play a key role in naval defense. The USS Gabrielle Giffords will be in service for 30 years.

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