Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the June 10 commissioning of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) – named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s 8th district.
Live video from Galveston, Texas, is scheduled to begin 1 p.m. EDT/ noon CDT.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joseph Biden, is serving as the littoral combat ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”
The future USS Gabrielle Giffords is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).
Each LCS seaframe will be outfitted with a single mission package made up of mission modules containing warfighting systems and support equipment. A dedicated ship crew will combine with aviation assets to deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.