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Construction underway for 'USS Gabrielle Giffords'

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Gabrielle Giffords with husband Mark Kelly Gabrielle Giffords with husband Mark Kelly
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -

Construction of the "USS Gabrielle Giffords" is underway in Alabama.

Gabrielle Giffords etched her initials into the keel of the combat ship being built for the U.S. Navy.

It's the first naval vessel of its kind to be named after a living woman.

Giffords was chosen because of how far she's come since being wounded in an assassination attempt in Tucson in January 2011.

"She reflects those qualities the navy holds dear: courage, resiliency and a fighting spirit," Gulf Coast Ship Building Supervisor Capt. Joseph Tuite said.

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