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  • USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) Littoral Combat Ship / Amphibious Assault Vessel

    USS Gabrielle Giffords, named after the former U.S. Senator, wascommissioned on June 10th, 2017 in Galveston, Texas.

     Updated: 6/12/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) was awarded to Austal USA on March 16th, 2012. The keel was laid down on April 16th, 2014 and the vessel was put out to sea on February 26th, 2015. Christened in June of 2015, the warship was formally commissioned on June 10th, 2017 to begin its service life with the United States Navy. Belonging to the Independence-class "Littoral Combat Ship" group, USS Gabrielle Giffords is one of thirteen planned vessels. Five are in active service as of 2017.

    The warship is named after the former U.S. Senator Gabrielle Giffords.

    The Independence-class was born from an original Austal cruise ship plan focused on achieving high speeds (around 40 knots). As in this cruise ship plan, the militarized Independence-class also employs a trimaran hull with the bridge superstructure integrated into the contours of the ship. The bridge sits at center with a helideck over stern and a sharply tapered bow at front. The "Littoral Combat Ship" classification stems from the class' close-to-shore support design. The group is also given inherent stealth characteristics and showcase a small footprint.

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    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2017
    Type: Littoral Combat Ship / Amphibious Assault Vessel
    National Origin: United States
    Ship Class: Independence-class

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Complement (Crew): 75
    Length: 418 feet (127.41 meters)
    Beam (Width): 104 feet (31.70 meters)
    Draught (Height): 14 feet (4.27 meters)

    Surface Displacement: 3,300 tons

    Installed Power and Base Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x MTU Friedichshafen 20V 8000 diesel engines with 2 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines and 4 x diesel generators driving 2 x shafts; 4 x Wartsila waterjets; 1 x Retractable thruster at bow.

    Surface Speed: 44 knots (51 mph)
    Operational Range: 4,345 nautical miles (5,000 miles, 8,047 km)

    Armament / Air Wing

    1 x 57mm Mk 110 turreted deck gun
    4 x 12.7mm heavy machine guns
    1 x RIM-116 SeaRAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) 11-cell Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).

    Aircraft: 2 x Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk naval helicopters
    1 x Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout UAV helicopter

    Global Operators

    United States

    Ships-in-Class (13)

    USS Indepedence (LCS-2); USS Cornado (LCS-4); USS Jackson (LCS-6); USS Montgomery (LCS-); USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10); USS Omaha (LCS-12); USS Manchester (LCS-14); USS Tulsa (LCS-16); USS Charleston (LCS-18); USS Cincinnati (LCS-20); USS Kansas City (LCS-22); USS Oakland (LCS-24); Unnamed Ship (LCS-26)