Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the ship during its christening in 2015. Navy photo

The Navy will commission the USS Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, the latest littoral combat ship headed for San Diego.

The trimaran variant of the the fast, agile class of ships is named for the former Arizona Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2012 that left her with a brain injury.

The commissioning will take place in Galveston, TX, with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joseph Biden, serving as the ship’s sponsor.

In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the Navy, described the ship as “a testament to the skill and dedication of our nation’s remarkable shipbuilders, who will be remembered for decades to come as LCS 10 deploys around the world to protect our freedoms.”

The littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments yet are capable of open-ocean operation. They are designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The ships are being built in both a trimaran variant like the Gabrielle Giffords and a single-hull version.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.