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Warship USS Gabrielle Giffords to be commissioned in Texas

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GALVESTON, Texas — The 421-foot USS Gabrielle Giffords will be commissioned this weekend in Texas.

Navy officials said ceremonies will be held Saturday in Galveston to commission the ship named for the former Arizona congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt in Tucson in 2011.

Giffords was shot in the head at a constituents event outside a grocery store. She resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2012 to concentrate on her recovery.

The $475 million USS Gabrielle Giffords was constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, and arrived in Galveston last weekend.

Giffords helped christen the ship in 2015. It’s the ninth in a series of high-speed vessels designed to navigate in shallow coastal regions known as littoral waters.

Giffords’ husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, was a Navy captain stationed in Galveston County during his NASA service.

Free public tours of the warship while it’s in Texas are offered each afternoon Tuesday through Friday. San Diego will be the ship’s home port.

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