Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords etches initials into US Navy ship

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords saw the US Navy ship being built in her name Wednesday, according to a tweet by husband, and retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

The US Navy held a ceremony in 2012 in which a rendering of the vessel was unveiled.

The littoral combat ship is among the Navy's most versatile and can operate in shallower coastal waters than larger ships.

Giffords etched her initials into a metal placard that will be wielded to the keel of the ship. She then said "Whoa" as soon as the etching was complete, according to

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