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 Availability (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 for Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the INSURV; Brief underway off the coast of San Diego on Nov. 20.
January 29, 2018 USS Gabrielle Giffords moored at Berth 5, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo on Feb. 15; Moved to BAE Systems shipyard on March ?; Entered the Pride of San Diego Dry Dock on March ?; Undocked and moored at North Mole Pier in Naval Base San Diego on July ?.
January 11, 2019 USS Gabrielle Giffords (Crew 210), commanded by Cmdr. Shawn M. Cowan, moored at North Mole Pier after a brief underway for sea trials, following a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Underway again from March 21-23.
May 24, Rotational LCS Crew 202 (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Matthew P. Lehmann, recently assumed command of the LCS 10 during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
June 11, USS Gabrielle Giffords departed homeport for a Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) summer cruise in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Wharf 311, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach for a brief stop to onload ammo on June 12; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel on June 13; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on June 17; Underway again on July 8.
July 15, The Gabrielle Giffords moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on July 20.
July 31, USS Gabrielle Giffords moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Naval Base San Diego after a nine-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop before underway on Aug. 28; Brief stop at Bravo Pier again on Aug. 29; Returned home on Aug. 30.
September 3, USS Gabrielle Giffords (Gold), with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 Det. 6, departed San Diego for its maiden Indo-Pacific deployment.
September 10, LCS 10 moored at Pier M2 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a one-day port call; Moored at Naval Base Guam from Sept. 19-21.?
September 27, The Gabrielle Giffords pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, again for the in-port phase of a bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin 19.
September 30, USS Gabrielle Giffords participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Momsen (DDG 92), RSS Formidable (FFS 68), RSS Intrepid (FFS 69) and USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6), commencing the at-sea phase of exercise Pacific Griffin, while underway off the coast of Guam.
October 1, USS Gabrielle Giffords participated in a sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the ex-USS Ford (FFG 54), approximately 170 n.m. off the coast of Guam. This marked the first time that the Independence-class littoral combat ship successfully fired a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in the Indo-Pacific region.