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Navy accepts delivery of USS Daniel Inouye

The USS Daniel Inouye departs General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard on Feb. 3 for acceptance trials. Photo courtesy SUPSHIP Bath/U.S. Navy
The USS Daniel Inouye departs General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard on Feb. 3 for acceptance trials. Photo courtesy SUPSHIP Bath/U.S. Navy

March 9 (UPI) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the guided missile destroyer future USS Daniel Inouye from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works this week.

Last month, the Inouye completed its acceptance trials, which included a series of demonstrations, at pierside and at sea, of the ship's onboard systems.

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And in December the vessel completed builder's trials after spending four days at sea off the coast of Maine.

The destroyer is named for Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate from 1963 until 2012.

"This highly capable platform will deliver the necessary combat power and proven capacity as the ship joins the world's greatest Navy." Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office Ships, said in a press release.

The Inouye is a Flight IIA destroyer equipped with Aegis Baseline 9, which provides improved Integrated Air and Missile Defense capabilities, increased computing power and radar upgrades intended to improve detection range and reaction time against modern air warfare and Ballistic Missile Defense threats.

"DDG 118 will continue to honor the legacy of its namesake and 'Go For Broke' for decades to come as it supports our Country," Miller said.

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Inouye received the Medal of Honor in June 2000 for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II.

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