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Why the USS Gabrielle Giffords?

“The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) was designed back in the early 2000’s and was named in 2012 by President Obama.”

The naming of Navy warships is a storied tradition and has been established by Congressional action since at least 1862. Title Thirteen, Chapter Six of the US Code enacted that year reads;

“The vessels of the Navy shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy under the direction of the President according to the following rule:

Sailing-vessels of the first class shall be named after the States of the Union, those of the second class after the rivers, those of the third class after the principal cities and towns and those of the fourth class as the President may direct.”

So, how in the world did a fighting warship, one of the newest and most advanced in the U.S. Navy, get named after an anti-Second Amendment ex-congresswomen? The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) was designed back in the early 2000’s and was named in 2012 by President Obama. The naming of a warship after a living person, while not unheard of, has only happened 13 times in the history of the U.S. Navy.

During the February 10, 2012 announcement of the reasoning behind the naming, then Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated the Navy had chosen to name the ship Gabrielle Giffords because Rep. Giffords’ name had become “synonymous with courage”, and that the congresswoman had “inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency.”

At the commissioning ceremony that took place on June 10, 2017 attendees included Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and others who for most of their careers have been anti-military.

Really? You mean to tell me the Navy did not have better choices for a warship name than to name it after an anti-second amendment rights ex-congresswomen? How about some of the heroes of past battles? Medal of Honor winners? I can think of many more deserving men and women.

I can only imagine the poor sailors that will have to serve on this combat ship — knowing that the name on the ship does not believe in the individual right to self-defense. How does this name fit on one of the most technologically advanced warships in the world? Has the Navy lost its mind? Let us only hope the ship and crew fight for the Constitution better than the namesake, which I am sure they will. Maybe they will just go by “LCS 10”!

Chris Wagoner

Chris Wagoner is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army Veteran. He has been in law enforcement the last 35+ years. He specializes in LE Firearms Instruction, and is in charge of a large Police Academy in North Florida. In his spare time Chris is a freelance writer and posts his articles on "Down Range with Chris Wagoner".

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