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., on May 15.