The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was truly an American hero, and although he is gone, he will not be forgotten.

The Navy named one of its two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in honor of Sen. Inouye. U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard said in a release that the late Hawaii senator “inspired us all by his lifelong dedication to the service of the people of Hawaii and our country.”

Sen. Inouye received numerous awards for his service in the military, including the Medal of Honor when he lost his right arm during World War II. While in politics, he championed education and military defense, helping to bring federal monies to his home in the islands, which went to Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) and the University of Hawaii system.

When he passed in December, an entire nation mourned his loss. Hundreds showed up to the Hawaii State Capitol to pay their respects. Our fellow blogger Cindy Scheopner attended the memorial service, writing that, “The line was not as long as I feared, but as polite as I have come to expect in Hawaii.”

The future USS Daniel Inouye (DGG 118) will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds up to 30 knots. The second Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named after former Secretary of the Navy Paul Ignatius. This particular destroyer usually conducts a variety of operations from peacetime presence to sea control and power projection.

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