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Gabrielle Giffords Change Of Command Ceremony
Cmdr. Matthew Lehma
ann, from Akron, Ohio, left, and Commanding Officer of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords Cmdr. Brian S. Luebbert, from Henderson, Ky., cut a cake on the flight deck of the during a change of command ceremony. Gabrielle Giffords is on a rotational deployment to Southeast Asia and is the fifth LCS to deploy to the region. Fast, agile and networked surface combatants, LCS are optimized for operating in near-shore environments, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josiah J. Kunkle/Released)

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