U.S. Navy launches newest littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords

The U.S. Navy welcomed its newest littoral combat ship into service on Saturday, in a ceremony that garnered a crowd of nearly 2,500 people at the Port of Galveston, in Texas. The USS Gabrielle Giffords marks a significant departure from previous generations of surface combat ships employed by the U.S. Navy. While a ship this size would normally require a crew of 300 or more, the Gabrielle Giffords relies heavily on advanced…

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