From Maine to Hawai‘i

On October 4, 2021, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) left Bath, Maine en route for her new homeport at Pearl Harbor. On December 8, 2021 she was commissioned and homeported at Pearl Harbor.

The DDG-118 is a Navy guided missile destroyer. Armed with a suite of sophisticated weapons and sensors, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission ships able to hold targets on land, at sea, in the air, and under water. Equipped with an Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, including an integrated air and missile defense capability, she will be an asset in global maritime security.

Senator Inouye placed a high priority on readiness and making sure that our men and women of the armed forces had what they needed to train, fight and return home safely to their families.   He is definitely smiling down on us, at the thought that his name would be carried forward on as a sophisticated defender and protector of our nation.

Use your mouse to hover over the map below to learn more about the USS Daniel Inouye’s Journey to Hawai‘i.

Commissioning Ceremony Live Stream

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Live Stream Link

Photo Galleries

Neighbor Island Service Projects



Ship Flag Arrives

Crew on the USS Daniel Inouye

Crew Goodies Rd.1

Crew Goodies Rd.2

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Crew Goodies Rd.4

Lunch at Zippy’s with Jessica Inouye and Nikki Smith, DDG118 Ombudsman. Aug’21

Coffee and malasadas with Jessica Inouye and the wives of three of the senior crew – Michelle Haile, Erin Dore, and Nikki Smith. Oct’21

USS Daniel Inouye Commissioning Committee

The USS Daniel Inouye Embarks from Bath, Maine. Oct 4, ’21

Christening the USS Daniel Inouye. Jun 21-22, ’19

Keel Laying Ceremony. May 14, ’18

Symbols of the USS Daniel Inouye

Senator Inouye’s family worked very closely with the U.S. Navy in designing the ship’s crest, flag, and coin. The symbolism within each design includes some of the proudest moments of Senator’s life and the communities he served.

Learn more about the USS Daniel Inouye’s traditional Hawaiian ʻohe kapala pattern

Past Events

October 21- 23, 2022

The ship visited Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island and October 27 -30, 2022 Lahaina on Maui. During the visits, the crew were able to take shore leave and enjoy visitor activities and local restaurants. In addition, selected community members were given tours of the ship while she was anchored in the bay. On both islands, the crew participated in community service projects -they helped clean-up the West Hawaii Veteran’s Cemetery and provided manpower at the Maui County Senior Fair. The Honolulu Navy League and DKII organized a lunch that included a presentation on some of the Hawaiian History in Kona, a luau at Lahainaluna.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Commissioning Ceremony at Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

“Honoring the Islands” sail through Nawiliwili Bay, Kauai

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

“Honoring the Islands” sail through Kahului Bay, Maui

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

“Honoring the Islands” sail through Hilo Bay, Hawaii Island


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