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June 14, 2015

USS Gabrielle Giffords Christened As First Gun-Free Warship


Designed to hold a core crew of 40 sailors, the Independence-class littoral combat ship has been stripped bare of its Mk 110 57-millimeter gun, all four of its Mk2 .50-cal machine guns,
its Evolved SeaRAM 11 cell missile launcher, and its entire cache of small arms, which are typically issued to boarding teams and watch standers. “Having this mighty warship be 100% gun-free not only helps to honor its heroic namesake, Gabby Giffords, but it also helps the Navy to steer clear of promoting a culture of violence,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who reportedly lobbied hard to get Congress and the Secretary of Defense on board with leaving the Navy’s newest addition to the fleet completely defenseless. --Duffleblog

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This takes the cake in pissin' away taxpayer money in the name of PC.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 1:55 PM

I remember when they made the F4 Phantom II guns free. They said fighter planes didn't need them anymore and that missiles were the future. They changed their mind later, after the kill ratio of 10/1 American pilots had in Korea dropped to 1/1 in Vietnam.

The Navy honors Giffords by making the kind of decision that someone who had taken a bullet to the head would make not by being guns free.

Gabby Giffords post head surgery:

Looks like she likes guns more these days.

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 4:07 PM

From the link above:

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Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 5:15 PM

USS Gabrielle Giffords

There ya go, does it get any better than that?
A warship named gabby.

Gabby. What a whole lotta people in the US do way too much of.

The fool talks and the wise man listens.

The burn-off will be glorious.

100,000,000 in the first 90 days.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 5:20 PM

Uh, you guys do realize that the Duffleblog is a military SATIRE website?

Posted by: butch [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 6:06 PM

UPDATE: Since this story first appeared, the Giffords has reportedly been hijacked at gunpoint from its pier at Austal USA’s shipyard.

The City of Mobile Police Department is asking anybody with information about the theft to contact the department’s Crime Stoppers line at 251-555-7000.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 9:12 PM

Here you go ghostsniper:


same picture, different source. should work this time

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2015 10:20 PM

It worked.
Don't care for the vertical fore handle (doesn't feel comfortable) but she's on the right track in that pik.

She should have been equipped similarly on that fateful day.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 15, 2015 8:57 AM

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