WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has named a ship for Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head received in January 2011.
In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist’s rendering of the USS Gabrielle Giffords.
The littoral combat ship is among the Navy’s most versatile and can operate in shallower coastal waters than larger ships.
Mabus said: “God bless the USS Gabrielle Giffords and all who sail in her.”
Mabus told ABC news that it is appropriate that the ship be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage and has inspired the nation with resiliency.
Mabus also announced that the ship’s “sponsor” is Roxanna Green. She’s the mother of Christina-Taylor Green. The 9-year-old who was among six people killed in the shooting. Thirteen, including Giffords, were wounded. The sponsor’s initials will be welded into the keel of the ship.