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Navy's newest combat ship is named after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Navy's newest combat ship is named after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

The Navy's newest combat ship, named after former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was put into active service after a commissioning ceremony Saturday.

Giffords, who was injured in a 2011 shooting, told a crowd at the ceremony in the Texas Gulf Coast city of Galveston that she was honored the 421-foot ship would carry her name, and that the vessel is "strong and tough, just like her crew."

"I thought of you in my darkest days, the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States of America.... You make me proud. You make America proud," the Democrat said as she stood next to her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who also served in the...

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