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Future USS Daniel Inouye to Stop on Maui Before Arrival at Homeport

November 13, 2021, 6:52 AM HST
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Christening ceremony for the USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) File image (6.22.19) courtesy: Office of US Sen. Mazie Hirono.

The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) is scheduled to arrive at its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 following a two-day voyage around the Hawaiian Islands.

Prior to arriving at the ship and crew’s new home, the ship will sail past Hilo, Hawaiʻi, Kahului Bay, Maui, and Nāwiliwili Bay, Kauaʻi, giving residents the opportunity to see the Navy’s newest ship as it transits to Oʻahu.  This “Honoring the Islands” tour pays tribute to the memory and legacy of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye and his lengthy career of service to the people of Hawaiʻi.

The Maui stop is tentatively set for Tuesday Nov. 16, at Kahului.

As the newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Daniel Inouye is scheduled to be commissioned on Dec. 8, 2021, one day after the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration.

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

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

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The future USS Daniel Inouye reports to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, which is responsible for direct oversight of the training, maintenance, and readiness of multiple surface combatants.

Bath, ME – The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) departs General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard on Feb. 3 for acceptance trials. Photo By: SUPSHIP Bath / public domain
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