USS Gabrielle Giffords Launches Naval Strike Missile

March 30, 2021 – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully launched the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) as part of shipboard operational testing and evaluation, March 19. “The recent missile launches were a great accomplishment for Gabrielle Giffords and the LCS community,” said Cmdr. Michael Piano, commanding officer of Gabrielle Giffords’ Blue Crew. “I am especially proud of Gabrielle Giffords Blue…

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CG, Navy Offload $211 Million Worth of Narcotics in San Diego

Coast Guard and Navy personnel offloaded approximately 11,400 pounds of cocaine and 9,000 pounds of marijuana Monday, amounting to more than $211 million from seizures in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The offload is the result of interdictions made by Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 407 (LEDET) personnel, who operated aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords, and three separate…

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USS Gabrielle Giffords returns from rotational deployment

January 31, 2021 – Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) returned to its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Jan. 31, following a 17-month rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of operation. “I am incredibly proud of the Gabrielle Giffords team and all they have accomplished,” said Cmdr. Rion Martin, the…

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USS Gabrielle Giffords Interdicts $7 Million in Drugs

December 10, 2020 – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 200 kilograms of suspected cocaine, December 2. While on routine patrol Gabrielle Giffords was diverted to intercept a go fast vessel (GFV). Gabrielle Giffords deployed one of her helicopters, assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23,…

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USS Gabrielle Giffords PASSEX with El Salvador Navy

October 7, 2020 – The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) executed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with naval counterparts from El Salvador in the Eastern Pacific Ocean October 6. PASSEXs are unit exercises requiring cooperation, communication and interoperability between two or more navies, testing advanced ship maneuvering and tactics. PASSEXs afford the opportunity for partner nations to…

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Air Detachment Brings Extended Combat Capability to Rotationally Deployed LCS

July 10, 2020 – With advanced technology, the air detachment aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) is an integral part of crew complement, delivering situational awareness and combat capability well beyond ship-based sensors during their rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. A part of the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, Air Detachment (Det.)…

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U.S. Navy Maintains Persistent Presence Near Drill Ship West Capella

May 12, 2020 – 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…

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JS Teruzuki Exercises With USS Gabrielle Giffords

April 4, 2020 – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and JS Teruzuki (DD 116) conducted operations together, while sailing through the Andaman Sea, April 2. While transiting, Gabrielle Giffords and Teruzuki conducted bilateral communications exercises, division tactics, and photo exercise, all designed to enhance interoperability between the two navies and emphasize the importance of communications and coordination while operating underway…

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America, Gabrielle Giffords Integrate Operations

March 15, 2020 – USS America (LHA 6), flagship of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, conducted operations with USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), March 13. America, the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and Gabrielle Giffords, the fifth Independence-class littoral combat ship, joined forces while operating in the South China Sea. The two warships operated together exercising command and control and…

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