USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS LCS 10
The Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) is the fifth ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the first ship in the U.S. Navy named after former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot along with eighteen other people during the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The keel was laid down on April 16, 2014.
February 24, 2015 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gabrielle Giffords exited the assembly bay #5 at Austal's facility for the first time and was transported down river, while sitting on a deck barge, to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard's floating dry-dock; Launched on Feb. 25.
June 13, PCU Gabrielle Giffords was christened during a 12 p.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., served as sponsor of the ship.
September 13, 2016 The Gabrielle Giffords recently moored at Austal USA Shipyard's Vessel Completion Yard, at the northern tip of Pinto Island; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Nov. 17-18.
December 23, U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the PCU Gabrielle Giffords during a short ceremony aboard the ship at Vessel Completion Yard.
May 6, 2017 LCS 10 moored at Combined Wharf on Austal USA Shipyard after a one-day underway off the coast of Mobile.
May 8, PCU Gabrielle Giffords (Crew 210), commanded by Cmdr. Keith C. Woodley, departed Austal USA Shipyard for the last time; Moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief stop to refuel on May 12; Transited the Windward Passage northbound on May 13; Moored at Wharf D4 in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from May 15-30.
June 3, The littoral combat ship moored at Pier 21 in Port of Galveston, Texas, for a nine-day visit in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
June 10, USS Gabrielle Giffords was commissioned during a 12 a.m. CST ceremony in Galveston.
June 16, The Gabrielle Giffords moored at Bravo Wharf on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for a one-day port call; Moored at Victor Pier from June 1?-24; Moored at Pier 1N on Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, after transited the Panama Canal, for an overnight stop to refuel on June 26; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, for a brief stop to refuel on July 2.
July 5, USS Gabrielle Giffords moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for the first time.
July 1?, Rotational LCS Crew 202 (Gold Crew), commanded by Cmdr. Kevin P. Meehan, assumed command of the Gabrielle Giffords during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
July 21, USS Gabrielle Giffords moored at Berth 1, Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego; Held an "Open House" from July 22-23.
July 24, LCS 10 moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop to refuel before underway off the coast of southern California; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on July 2?.
August 18, The Gabrielle Giffords moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition before moored at Berth 1, Pier 6 on Aug. 24.
September 2, USS Gabrielle Giffords moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 after a three-day underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT).
September 8, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $24,4 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-2309) to exercise options for Post Shakedown Availabilities (PSA) for USS Gabrielle Giffords and USS Omaha (LCS 12). Work is expected to be completed by October 2018.
September 25, The Gabrielle Giffords departed Naval Base San Diego for CSSQT; Brief stop at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) before moored at Berth 5, Pier 6 on Oct. 2.
October 6, Cmdr. Karl F. McCarthy relieved Cmdr. Scott W. Larson as CO of the USS Coronado (LCS 4) Gold, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LCS 10.
October 11, USS Gabrielle Giffords departed Naval Base San Diego for local operations.?
October 19, Cmdr. David W. Walton, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Patrick A. Keller as CO of the USS Jackson (LCS 6) Blue, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Gabrielle Giffords, at Berth 5, Pier 6.
November 10, The littoral combat ship returned to homeport after a two-day underway to Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the INSURV; Brief underway off the coast of San Diego on Nov. 20.