The U.S Navy has accepted delivery of the guided missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.
According to the U.S. Navy here, delivery of DDG 118 represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the U.S. Navy.
“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 June 21, 2000 for his extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II.”
Prior to delivery, the ship successfully conducted a series of at-sea and pier-side trials to demonstrate its material and operational readiness.
DDG 118 is a Flight IIA destroyer equipped with Aegis Baseline 9, which the U.S. Navy say provides improved “Integrated Air and Missile Defence capabilities, increased computing power, and radar upgrades that improve detection range and reaction time against modern air warfare and Ballistic Missile Defense threats”.
Also in production are the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), and Flight III ships, Louis H. Wilson, Jr. (DDG 126), and William Charette (DDG 130), as well as the future Zumwalt-class destroyer, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).
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