Destroyer Named after Medal of Honor Recipient Will Be Christened in June

Irene Hirano Inouye, left, and Frank Wood, a Bath Iron Works welder, authenticate the keel of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, May 14, 2018. Inouye is the ship's sponsor and widow of the ship's namesake, Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient. DDG 118 will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability. (U.S. Navy photo by Dennis Gri
Irene Hirano Inouye, left, and Frank Wood, a Bath Iron Works welder, authenticate the keel of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, May 14, 2018. Inouye is the ship's sponsor and widow of the ship's namesake, Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient. DDG 118 will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability. (U.S. Navy photo by Dennis Griggs courtesy of General Dynamics/Released)

The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) will be christened June 22 at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, the company has announced.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is named for Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in World War II and then served as a U.S. Senator representing from 1963 until his death in 2012.

Inouye received the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21, 1945, in Italy, when he lost his right arm during a battle but continued to fight until his regiment's position was secured, according to the U.S. Navy.

Inouye's widow, Irene Hirano Inouye, the ship's sponsor, visited BIW in May 2018 for the ceremonial keel laying of the destroyer.

Details of the christening have not yet been announced.

This article is written by Beth Brogan from Bangor Daily News, Maine and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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