USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS is the fifth INDEPENDENCE - class Littoral Combat Ship and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. By naming the ship after a living woman, the Navy once again broke with its naming conventions for ships. Littoral Combat Ships are named after cities but in the case of USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, the ship's namesake Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was chosen for political reasons.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 29, 2010|
|Keel laid: April 16, 2014|
|Launched: February 25, 2015|
|Commissioned: June 10, 2017|
|Builder: Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.|
|Propulsion system: two LM2500 gas turbine engines, two diesel engines, four waterjets|
|Length: 418 feet (127.5 meters)|
|Beam: 104 feet (31.5 meters)|
|Draft: 13 feet (4 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 3,104 tons full load|
|Speed: 47 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-110 57mm gun, one SeaRAM CIWS|
|Aircraft: two MH-60 helicopters|
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.|
|Crew: 8 officers, 32 enlisted (two crews, a gold and a blue one) and up to 35 mission crew|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Sebastian Thoma and shows the GABRIELLE GIFFORDS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on November 10, 2017.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the GABRIELLE GIFFORDS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on September 28, 2018.