Navy names ship for former congresswoman Giffords

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Navy names ship for former congresswoman Giffords
By KEVIN FREKING | Associated Press – 22 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in an assassination attempt 13 months ago, returned to Washington Friday for double honors. The Navy named a ship after her and she saw President Barack Obama sign the last piece of legislation she authored into law.

In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist's rendering of the USS Gabrielle Giffords, a littoral combat ship. The craft is among the Navy's most versatile and can operate in shallower coastal waters than larger ships.

"God bless the USS Gabrielle Giffords and all who sail in her," Mabus said at the ceremony.

Giffords was shot in the head and grievously wounded in January 2011 as she met with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz. Twelve others also were wounded in the rampage that left six dead, including a federal judge, a Giffords aide and a 9-year-old girl. Christina Taylor Green had an interest in government and politics and wanted to hear Giffords speak.

At Friday's ceremony, Mabus announced that Christina Taylor's mother, Roxanna, is the ship's "sponsor." Green's initials will be welded into the ship's keel.

In the months since she was shot, Giffords, 41, has been treated in Houston as well as Arizona as she relearned how to walk and speak. Her progress had seemed remarkable, but she resigned from Congress last month to concentrate on her recovery. Giffords stepped down on the day the House passed her bill by a vote of 428-0.

The legislation Obama signed Friday increases the penalties for using ultra-light aircraft when smuggling drugs into the country. The small, single-seat planes are an increasingly favored tool that smugglers use to fly at night and then release their haul without detection.

Obama said he told Giffords that he expected to see more of her in the months and years to come.

"I'm confident that, while this legislation may have been her last act as a congresswoman, it will not be her last act of public service," Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
Guess it makes sense naming it after a chick if it's a littoral ship. :icon_cool


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Nice. A boat named after a waterhead.


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I'm glad she is doing better, and have no problem with this ship being named after her. Having said that, does anyone even remember what her voting record was like or how well she did her job? Getting plugged in the gourd was probably a career boost for her.


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Here is the boat. It shall be named the "SS Puddinghead".

Seriously, why is she getting a boat named after her. This is fucking dumb. I feel for the woman but this seems like nothing but over the top pandering PR scheme.
If attacked, this ship will not sink. However, it will be much slower and lose its communication capabilities.


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How does this ship compare to the USS Helen Keller?

17 people died in Syria today & the lady who had the "courage" to meet the people who gave her her job in front of a grocery store gets a ship named after her?

Stupid cint doesn't even have the decency to give a thank you speech!


En Taro Anthony
It seems like getting shot is the best way to turn a mediocre career into a great one if you're a liberal.

Motor Head

Too bad they didn't name a ship after James Brady. That would be a great ship with no guns and paddle wheels.



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Too bad they didn't name a shit after James Brady. That would be a great ship with no guns and paddle wheels.
U.S.S. Puddin' Head

Oops. Guess I should have read more than just one previous post.


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I'm betting it is great out of the dock..than about a year in the computer is shot and the programming is full of holes and spends the rest of its service puttering about and trying to get back to what it used to be.

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This is what we've become... a culture(and cult) of victim worshipers.

Right after we get done christening the USS Abner Louima and the USN Reginald Denny we should go back to honoring people who have done good things rather than honoring people who have had bad things done to them.