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Navy to Name Destroyer After the Late Senator Daniel Inouye

The Navy will name a guided missile destroyer after Daniel Inouye, who served as a U.S. senator for Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reports.

Inouye was a U.S. senator for 49 years until his death in 2012. During his tenure, he served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He also aided in the congressional investigations of the Watergate scandal and the Iran-Contra affair.

In 2017, Hawaii renamed Honolulu International Airport after Inouye in honor of his service to the state of Hawaii.

Inouye has also served in the military. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery fighting in World War II, where he fought with the Japanese American 442nd Regional Combat Team.

The U.S.S Daniel Inouye will be home-ported in Pearl Harbor. This Saturday, the Navy will hold a christening ceremony for the destroyer in Bath, Maine.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono will speak at the ceremony. Inouye’s wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. 

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