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Navy to name destroyer after Inouye

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 01:31 p.m. HST, May 23, 2013

The Navy announced today that a new destroyer will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, one of the most influential members of the Senate during his 50-year tenure, a tenacious fighter for the betterment of Hawaii and a stalwart military supporter.

Inouye died Dec. 17 of a respiratory ailment at age 88.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the names of the next two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers — one honoring Inouye and the other a former naval secretary.

“As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero,” Mabus said. “For decades to come, the future USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will represent the United States and enable the building of partnerships and projection of power around the world.”

Paul Ignatius served as secretary of the Navy 1967-1969 and as assistant secretary of defense under President Lyndon Johnson.

Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II and later became a U.S. senator.

“This is a wonderful tribute and I would like to thank Secretary Mabus, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense for this high honor,” said Irene Hirano Inouye, the late senator’s wife. “Dan always adamantly refused when anyone suggested naming anything after him, but he would have been deeply humbled by this.”

She added that as a World War II combat veteran, “the brave men and women of our armed forces held a special place in Dan’s heart and he dedicated much of his life to providing for their safety and well being. It is very fitting that a vessel bearing his name will continue to keep our troops and our nation safe.” 

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a release that Mabus called her today and confirmed the plans.

“This is a fitting tribute to Sen. Inouye, whose own strength and determination inspired so many of us. Our Navy will be proud to have a ship bearing his name deployed throughout the world, continuing to fight and defend us,” Hanabusa said.

DDG-118, the destroyer that will bear Inouye’s name, is on contract to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, a major shipyard that is responsible for the construction of multiple types of surface ships, mostly ordered by the Navy, Hanabusa said. The ship is expected to be delivered in mid-2018.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
A destroyer named Inouye. Nah....the jokes just write themselves.
on May 23,2013 | 08:53AM
Larry01 wrote:
It's an honor. Too bad it couldn't be one of the new Zumwalt class that's going to follow the Burkes.
on May 23,2013 | 09:20AM
allie wrote:
Inouye was a loyal imperial supporter and aider and abettor of massive military spending at the expense of other more needed investments. It makes sense to remind us of his loyalty to those priorities by naming the destroyer for him.
on May 23,2013 | 09:50AM
Larry01 wrote:
I'm laughing thinking about the kinds of things that could get named after you, allie.
on May 23,2013 | 11:06AM
pechanga wrote:
Stop picking on Allie...
on May 28,2013 | 04:02AM
serious wrote:
I wonder if Matson will name a ship after him since he so adamantly defended the Jones Act and made them rich and us poor!!!
on May 23,2013 | 02:22PM
lee1957 wrote:
Poly Sci major?
on May 23,2013 | 04:47PM
turbolink wrote:
Who pays you to write such obnoxious comments?
on May 23,2013 | 05:32PM
pechanga wrote:
He Used his position to destroy...
on May 28,2013 | 04:01AM
Sunny wrote:
A well deserved honor!
on May 23,2013 | 08:58AM
false wrote:
Inouye was a destroyer. He presided over the fiscal fall of the United States, while handing out trinkets to the looters.
on May 23,2013 | 09:22AM
allie wrote:
yup..totally agree
on May 23,2013 | 09:51AM
OldDiver wrote:
So it was President Dan Inouye and not President George W Bush. Silly.
on May 23,2013 | 12:46PM
manaolana wrote:
Democrats ruled the Senate and Congress when Bush was in office.
on May 23,2013 | 01:11PM
OldDiver wrote:
Not true.
on May 23,2013 | 11:37PM
entrkn wrote:
They should have named an aircraft carrier after him.
on May 23,2013 | 09:27AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Thats what I thought. Or maybe a permanent structure more than just a small lighthouse... Matsunaga did better than this.
on May 23,2013 | 09:48AM
manaolana wrote:
Democrats ruled the Senate and Congress when Bush was in office.
on May 23,2013 | 01:05PM
Larry01 wrote:
on May 24,2013 | 07:11AM
Dragonman wrote:
New aircraft carriers are named after presidents.
on May 23,2013 | 01:09PM
glshig wrote:
Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was not a president
on May 23,2013 | 04:19PM
Dragonman wrote:
Your right, but she was launched in 1980, before it was decided that "new carriers" would be named after presidents.
on May 23,2013 | 04:39PM
Larry01 wrote:
There was also John C. Stennis, which came after Roosevelt, Lincoln and Washington.
on May 24,2013 | 07:12AM
Anonymous wrote:
on May 23,2013 | 09:27AM
pursuit2000 wrote:
Well, since he destroyed budget after budget with his reckless spending, I think this is appropriate.
on May 23,2013 | 09:33AM
allie wrote:
Quietly, people out here are saying his tyranny over Hawaii's politics and his many bad decisions imposed on the UH and other entities is well to end. Let Inouye's tyrannical rule over this plantation serve as a caution against future tyrants who undermine democracy and even manhood in our legislators and businesses "leaders."
on May 23,2013 | 09:52AM
inverse wrote:
UH students, faculty, INCLUDING the Hawaiian Studies program had no program taking the many millions in federal monies Inouye provided to UH and when he is dead, he is a tyrant.
on May 23,2013 | 10:11AM
allie wrote:
His power was not healthy. Too many depended on his control over federal money. It distorted democracy and accountability in Hawaii.
on May 23,2013 | 12:40PM
pechanga wrote:
Bandit died with lead feet.
on May 28,2013 | 04:06AM
mrluke wrote:
And the trend continues - keep naming ships after politicians. Destroyers used to be named after Naval Heroes. Now it's a lottery.
on May 23,2013 | 09:36AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The USS Arizona was a naval war hero of heroic proportions.
on May 23,2013 | 09:55AM
mrluke wrote:
The Arizona was a BATTLESHIP, genious, they were named after states!
on May 23,2013 | 02:13PM
mrluke wrote:
on May 23,2013 | 02:24PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You didn't get it ... that was OBVIOUS sarcasm. .... "Admiral Arizona" ...it just sounds funny.
on May 23,2013 | 03:50PM
serious wrote:
Agree, when they named a ship after Giffords that took the cake--other than being shot in the head what did she do? And for Uncle Dan, the article says one of the most influential senators?? I thought it was the most ineffective senator???
on May 23,2013 | 10:02AM
Dragonman wrote:
She got shot serving this country. Have you done anything for our country ? If so list your accomplishments. I am sick of people putting othr people down on this blog. Unless you have something to contribute you should really consider not posting in the future.
on May 23,2013 | 01:18PM
lee1957 wrote:
Getting shot is not an accomplishment, and certainly not deserving of having a United States Naval warship named after you.
on May 23,2013 | 01:53PM
Dragonman wrote:
I never said getting shot was an accomplishment, whats the matter can't read ?
on May 23,2013 | 04:40PM
lee1957 wrote:
List your accomplishments???????????????????? For the record, what happened to the good Mrs. Giffords was tragic, but still not worthy of the honor bestowed on her. My reading is fine thank you.
on May 23,2013 | 04:52PM
TheKagawas wrote:
Very fitting! A well deserved honor!
on May 23,2013 | 09:42AM
HawaiiBlogger wrote:
I think PMRF / Barking Sands should be named after him.... I loved Dan, he was and is a legend....
on May 23,2013 | 10:06AM
manaolana wrote:
Oh please!!! Remove unique names that describe our beautiful islands and places. Next someone will be suggesting changing Hawaiian Islands to Inouye Islands. I have only one God and it is not Inouye.
on May 23,2013 | 12:06PM
Squidy wrote:
Agreed. And after that, we should name H-3 the Inouye Highway! It wouldn't exist if it wasn't for him. Even those who opposed it and now enjoy using it can't deny him that!
on May 23,2013 | 12:44PM
inverse wrote:
Shows how ineffective current Hawaii congressional members are. If they had any influence they would have successfully lobbied to have a new US nuclear submarine named after Inouye and not a destroyer. In the grand scheme of military might, a destroyer is nothing compared to a US nuclear submarine.
on May 23,2013 | 10:13AM
Larry01 wrote:
The current submaries being built, the Virginia class, are named after states, so it would not be appropriate to name one after Inouye. The single exception was John Warner, but for him, in addition to being a US Senator, he had served in the Navy and was also a former Secretary of the Navy. Destroyers are the largest naval vessels currently named after people, short of aircraft carriers, and the bar is pretty high to get your name on one of those. Of the last ten, seven were named after presidents. Since you seem informed on military might, I'm surprised you're not familiar with naming conventions. Just want to dig on our congressional leaders, maybe?
on May 23,2013 | 11:05AM
Dragonman wrote:
Sorry but submarines are named after US cities.
on May 23,2013 | 01:12PM
lee1957 wrote:
Fast attacks.....mostly, the USS Jimmy Carter is an exception.
on May 23,2013 | 01:55PM
mrluke wrote:
Carter was in the Navy and one of the first group qualified for nuclear subs.
on May 23,2013 | 02:26PM
Dragonman wrote:
Your are right, forgot to qualify fast attack subs are usually named after cities.
on May 23,2013 | 04:44PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not really. There was a USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), 1962 - 2002.
on May 23,2013 | 04:16PM
Dragonman wrote:
The Uss Kamehameha was a SSBN, not a fast attatck sub. Sorry, forgot to state that fast attack subs are named after cities.
on May 23,2013 | 04:42PM
hanalei395 wrote:
USS Kamehameha, reclassified attack submarine, SSN-642, 1992.
on May 23,2013 | 05:05PM
mikethenovice wrote:
How does the Navy feel about naming a ship after Inouye who was in the Army?
on May 23,2013 | 11:01AM
inverse wrote:
As a Medal of Honor recipient, an exception for Inouye could readily and justifiably be made for him.
on May 23,2013 | 12:55PM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
USS Howard DDG-83 was named after Jimmy Howard a US Marine and Recipient of the Medal of Honor !
on May 23,2013 | 03:38PM
64hoo wrote:
that's because marines come under the navy. the army does not.
on May 23,2013 | 08:11PM
bobjones wrote:
But will any of its crew be able to properly pronounce it?
on May 23,2013 | 11:24AM
hanalei395 wrote:
In no way .....will they pronounce it correctly. ....... JUST KIDDING...... Don't worry about it, they'll pronouce it right.
on May 23,2013 | 05:54PM
64hoo wrote:
they will call it the uss e no way not Inouye.
on May 23,2013 | 08:12PM
buttery wrote:
Ships come and go, but the Matsunaga Veterans Outpatient will be here forever! The Veterans Care Center was named after the Honorable Congressman because he was the one person pushing for this facility. For the Veterans! Even the Republicans liked this this man.
on May 23,2013 | 11:45AM
allie wrote:
on May 23,2013 | 12:41PM
manaolana wrote:
50 years and he is still ruling.....from the grave. Isn't that what Hanabusa is counting on?
on May 23,2013 | 11:56AM
ORkupuna wrote:
Senator Inouye deserves this honor, no matter what you say or think! I am pleased for him and his his family.
on May 23,2013 | 12:18PM
Squidy wrote:
To all the naysayers - you are party crashers who probably don't bother to acknowledge the host for feeding you. Senator Inouye enriched the lives of every resident in Hawaii and most probably don't even realize it let alone acknowledge it.
on May 23,2013 | 12:41PM
serious wrote:
OH, we have been enriched by the highest cost of living in the USA, the highest housing costs, the worst traffic, the worst place to do business, the highest taxes--should I go on? And his favorite Bill? The Jones Act--good for the unions and horrible for the majority!!! But it got him reelected!!!
on May 23,2013 | 12:46PM
Dragonman wrote:
You sound really unhappy living in Hawaii. There are other places you could live. I will help you find a place if you need help.
on May 23,2013 | 01:14PM
Kalli wrote:
It's a shame that some people who have s c r e w e d up Hawaii so badly just want those who want to see it improved go back to where they came from. Why don't you leave so the rest of us can clean up the mess you made?
on May 23,2013 | 02:03PM
mrluke wrote:
The SA censor seems to be an Inouye fan.
on May 23,2013 | 02:36PM
mrluke wrote:
Some of you just don’t get it. The naming of a destroyer used to be an honor reserved for dead sailors or marines. Now it’s a political game. You hero worshippers need to take a deep breath.
on May 23,2013 | 02:41PM
Larry01 wrote:
Uh, Inouye was a WWII vet who received the Medal of Honor. Is that not good enough for you, or did you just forget?
on May 24,2013 | 07:19AM
mrluke wrote:
"Comment has been sent for approval" twice. Hmmm...
on May 23,2013 | 02:42PM
Peacenik wrote:
welcome to the club, mr. luke. are you a descendent of Hoon?
on May 23,2013 | 06:27PM
kailua1980 wrote:
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier, sailor, or an airman. Daniel Inouye was one of America's finest. Those of you voicing opposition to any tribute to this great man: forbid yourself from ever driving on any state highway, especially the H1, H2, or H3. Find another way to fly other than using a state airport. Never allow yourself the pleasure of enjoying any one of our national parks or wildlife preserves. These are just a few examples of things "Hawaii" that benefitted or improved as a result of Senator Inouye's dedicated efforts on our behalf in Washington. If not for men such as Senator Inouye we might all be speaking German and saluting to a descendant of Adolf Hitler. Oh, and allie, are you Caucasian and blue-eyed? Hitler would have sent us off to concentration camps if not...
on May 23,2013 | 03:41PM
manaolana wrote:
Precious......speaking German, really. The Germans did not bomb us. Without Inouye, someone else would have done well. I admire his accomplishments...but not see him as a demi-god. As a Native Hawaiian, I resent being told that if we are not happy with our politicians and their negative impact, we should leave. But, hey, isn't that what the Democratic Party wants.......get rid of us so their greed can prevail.
on May 23,2013 | 05:25PM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Germans, Hitler, DECLARED WAR ON THE U.S., Dec. 11, 1941, FIRST. Then the U.S. declared war right back. Republican William McKinley "annexed" (stole) Hawai'i for the U.S., 1898. Before that, Republican Benjamin Harrison tried to "annex" Hawaii, with the Jan. 17, 1893 invasion by U.S. Marines. The next Pres., Democrat Grover Cleveland, Mar. 1893 - Mar. 1897, when he heard about it, ordered all U.S. forces out and ordered that Hawai'i be returned to the Hawaiian people. When the U.S. left, Republican Sanford Dole and his white supremacist militia, the "Honolulu Rifles" took over. Dole held on until McKinley was elected.
on May 23,2013 | 07:19PM
manaolana wrote:
So you're saying the Democrats are innocent of wrong-doing since we became a state? Because I am talking about our state not territory. Today we are in a sad "state".......homeless out of control, high taxes, welfare recipients growing in numbers. People are encouraged to depend on government and government enjoys the control. Democrats have been in control since we have become a state. Democrats never changed the wrong done by Republicans prior to statehood.
on May 23,2013 | 08:31PM
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