"There was only one place to commission this ship and that was in Galveston, Texas, because we sure couldn't do it in Arizona where Gabby was a congresswoman," said Fertita, the host of Saturday's ceremony.
The USS Gabrielle GIffords is the 16th Navy warship named for a woman.
"For me it's a huge honor to have a family member have a US Navy ship named after her. Especially a living woman. In our history that's very rare," added retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.
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