The U.S. Navy Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) returned to its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Jan. 31, following a 17-month rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of operation.
“I am incredibly proud of the Gabrielle Giffords team and all they have accomplished,” said Cmdr. Rion Martin, the commanding officer of Gabrielle Giffords. “From executive officer to Culinary Specialist Seaman Norfleet, we have all led and followed one another. This dynamic team of Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines demonstrated sustained superior performance with physical, mental and emotional toughness while executing a range of maritime operations.”
USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) is the fifth Independence-class littoral combat ship of the U.S. Navy. She is named after former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot along with eighteen other people during a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
Construction on Gabrielle Giffords began with her keel laying on 16 April 2014, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The ship was christened in a ceremony held at the Austal USA shipyard on 13 June 2015, and Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden served as ship sponsor at the christening.
The ship was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 December 2016, and was commissioned the following spring on 10 June 2017, in Galveston, Texas.
During summer 2019, the ship was equipped with MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) and from September deployed in an offensive role in the seas off China.