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Navy names ship after Gabrielle Giffords – Washington Times

by on February 12, 2012

Raising the B.S. flag on this one. Couldn’t the ship have been named for a Medal of Honor recipient? Obviously a politically motivated move.

“Although I admire Giffords‘ courage, I don’t feel that the naming of LCS 10 after her is appropriate by any means. How about a ship named afterMarcus Lutrell? Is he not a sailor who possess more unwavering courage than Giffords? How about the countless other service members who embody the Navy Core Values? What about them and their honor of service and sacrifice to America?” read one.

“Booooooo, I can name lots of deceased soldiers killed in the line of duty … was Giffords even a veteran?” read another.

“It isn’t just that they threw out the naming conventions for LCS-10 — but they did it for a person who is still alive and the only real connection she had to the Navy was that her husband was an astronaut and she was shot in the head by an insane person. Nothing against Rep. Giffords, she is/was a good Congresswoman,” a retired Navy commander who runs the blog “Cdr. Salamander,” told The Washington Times.

“That being said — if we are going to break naming conventions to name LCS after people — there are legion of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps holders of the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross who gave their lives in combat serving their nation. There are hundreds to thousands of people who have more of a reason to have a warship named after them thanRep. Giffords. Ditto for Rep. Murtha,” he said, referring to the late Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat.

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