Com­bat ship chris­tened, named for Gif­fords

Los Angeles Times - - THE NA­TION -

For­mer U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Gif­fords of Ari­zona had a Navy ves­sel named in her honor dur­ing a cer­e­mony at a Mo­bile, Ala., ship­yard.

Gif­fords joined others in­clud­ing Jill Bi­den, wife of Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, as the Gabrielle Gif­fords was chris­tened in coastal Alabama.

The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal ship­yard and is the Navy’s 10th lit­toral com­bat ship de­signed to op­er­ate in shal­low waters near the coast.

Gif­fords was badly wounded in a 2011 shoot­ing that left six dead and 13 in­jured in Tuc­son. The Demo­crat left Congress and later founded an or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports gun con­trol.

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