US Navy to Christen Destroyer Daniel Inouye

June 19, 2019 – The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, June 22, in Bath, Maine. 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 Regiment Combat Team in Italy during World War II.…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Receives Contract for Four DDG 51 Destroyers

September 27, 2018 – The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract valued at $3.9 billion for the construction of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. “We are pleased with the opportunity for Bath Iron Works to continue our participation in the DDG 51 Program and to deliver much needed capability to our US. Navy customer,” said Dirk Lesko, President of Bath Iron Works. Lesko said Maine’s Congressional delegation was instrumental in supporting passage of legislation…

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Keel Laid for Future USS Daniel Inouye

The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) was ceremoniously laid May 14 at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard. Irene Hirano Inouye, the ship’s sponsor and wife of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, was in attendance to authenticate the keel. During the ceremony, authenticators etched their initials into the keel plate to symbolically recognize the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship. “We are honored to have Mrs. Hirano Inouye authenticate the keel of the future USS Daniel Inouye,” said Capt. Casey…

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