(WASHINGTON TIMES) — The Navy Friday announced it would name a combat ship after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned from Congress last month to recover from a grievous gunshot wound she suffered in January 2011.

“The name this ship bears … will inspire all those who come in contact with her,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said during a brief 2 p.m. ceremony in the Pentagon’s central courtyard.

“Wow! Awesome!” exclaimed Mrs. Giffords, 41, who attended the event.

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