USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) approaches the pier at Naval Base San Diego, Jan. 31. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Robert S. Price)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - 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 commanding officer of Gabrielle Giffords. “From executive officer to Culinary Specialist Seaman Norfleet, we have all led and followed one another. This dynamic team of Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines demonstrated sustained superior performance with physical, mental and emotional toughness while executing a range of maritime operations.”

Highlights:

December 2020

USS Gabrielle Giffords interdicts over $100 million in drugs

June 2020

U.S. Navy, JMSDF exercise together in South China Sea

May 2020

U.S., Singapore navies exercise together in South China Sea

April 2020

U.S Navy, JMSDF operate together in Andaman Sea

March 2020

USS America, Gabrielle Giffords, integrate operations

October 2019

Littoral combat ship successfully launches Naval Strike Missile

September 2019

U.S., Singapore strengthen partnership with Pacific Griffin exercise

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary to flawlessly execute our Navy’s timeless roles of sea control and power projection. U.S. 3rd Fleet works in close coordination with other numbered fleets to provide commanders with capable, ready assets to deploy forward and win in day-to-day competition, in crisis, and in conflict.

In this file photo, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts enhanced counter-narcotics operations, Dec. 5, 2020. (U.S. Navy/Lt.j.g. Miranda Rossum)

In this file photo, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and RSS Steadfast (FFS 70) sail together, May 25, 2020. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brenton Poyser)

In this file photo, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and JS Teruzuki (DD 116) sail together in the Andaman Sea, April 2, 2020. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brenton Poyser)

In this file photo, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM), Oct. 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy/MCC Shannon Renfroe)