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USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) - Independence variant
« on: November 25, 2019, 01:47:27 AM »
Administrator's note: See also Littoral Combat Ship - Independence variant

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Named in honor of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, USS Gabrielle Giffords is homeported in San Diego and is one of nine littoral combat ships in the fleet. These high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant ships operate in littorals and open ocean. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. With surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations. For more information on USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lcs10/Pages/default.aspx

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Re: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) - Independence variant
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2019, 01:47:45 AM »
Beijing Irked at Twin U.S. South China Sea FONOPS
By: Ben Werner
November 22, 2019 12:12 PM

https://news.usni.org/2019/11/22/beijing-irked-at-twin-u-s-south-china-sea-fonops

A pair of U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations on two consecutive days in the South China Sea this week has irked Chinese officials at a time they are seeking to ease trade tensions with the U.S.

On Thursday, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near the Paracel Islands. On Wednesday, Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) conducted a FONOP near the Spratly Islands, according to a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet spokesperson Cmdr. Reann Mommsen.

“USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands,” Mommsen’s statement said.

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Re: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) - Independence variant
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2020, 05:24:58 PM »
https://navaltoday.com/2020/03/11/kongsberg-bags-contract-for-us-naval-strike-missiles/


USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. Photo: US Navy


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Re: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) - Independence variant
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2020, 04:50:22 PM »
U.S. Navy maintains persistent presence near West Capella
By Lt. Lauren Chatmas, Destroyer Squadron 7

Posted May 12, 2020

https://www.cpf.navy.mil/news.aspx/130614?fbclid=IwAR2KCkZQiGp0fULB3eijs-RvlIYoSmEiDuTMVaUb5nWh5Y_taO5jQsoVNvA

SOUTH CHINA SEA - A U.S. Navy ship conducted presence operations near Panamanian flagged drillship, West Capella, May 12.

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) operated in the southern South China Sea marking the second time that an LCS patrolled there since USS Montgomery (LCS 8 ) sailed with USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), May 7, supporting freedom of navigation and overflight.

“The versatility and flexibility of Independence-variant littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Southeast Asia is a game changer,” said Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7. “Like Montgomery's previous operations, Gabrielle Giffords' operations near West Capella demonstrate the depth of capability the U.S. Navy has available in the region.”

“There is no better signal of our support for a free and open Indo-Pacific than positive and persistent U.S. naval engagement in this region,” Kacher added.

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Bill Merz reaffirmed that the U.S. Navy will fly, sail and operate in the South China Sea wherever international law permits at any time.

“Routine presence operations, like Gabrielle Giffords’, reaffirms the U.S. will continue to fly and sail freely, in accordance with international law and maritime norms, regardless of excessive claims or current events,” said Merz. “The U.S. supports the efforts of our allies and partners in the lawful pursuit of their economic interests.”

The U.S. Navy remains vigilant, is committed to a rules-based order in the South China Sea, and will continue to champion freedom of the seas and rule of law while opposing the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive and unlawful actions.

In late-April, USS America (LHA 6), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Barry (DDG 52) sailed together with the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154), signaling U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific to allies and partners in the region.

Attached to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, Gabrielle Giffords is on a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.


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SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 12, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations near the Panamanian flagged drill ship, West Capella. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser)



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