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Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Daniel Inouye sails for Hawaii.

| 2021

According to information published by the U.S Navy on October 4, 2021, the Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), sailed away from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (Picture source: Twitter account of WarshipCam)

The ship is en route to its homeport, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for its scheduled commissioning in December.

The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000, for his extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission ships able to hold targets on land, at sea, in the air, and underwater at risk with a suite of sophisticated weapons and sensors.

The other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers currently under construction at Bath Iron Works include: Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and William Charette (DDG 130), as well as the Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, sealift ships, support ships, boats and craft.

The Arleigh Burke is a class of guided-missile destroyers (DDG) in service with the United States Navy built around the Aegis Combat System, an American integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection — all in support of the United States military strategy. The guided-missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles. The ship contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense well into the 21st century.

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