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.

The DDG-118 is the Navy’s newest 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, 9:30am HST

It is possible ceremony viewing details could change. If you are unable to access the viewing link, please visit the Commissioning Committee website for updates: https://ussdanielinouye.org/

Live Stream Link

Photo Galleries

Ship Flag Arrives

Crew on the USS Daniel Inouye

Crew Goodies Rd.1

Crew Goodies Rd.2

Crew Goodies Rd.3

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.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 16th at 9:00 a.m.

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

Tuesday, November 16th at 4:30 p.m.

“Honoring the Islands” sail through Kahului Bay, Maui

Wednesday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m.

“Honoring the Islands” sail through Nawiliwili Bay, Kauai

Wednesday, December 8th at 10:00 am

More details to follow

Makana (Gifts)

Wanting to share a little aloha with the crew as they began their journey to Hawaii, Matrons of Honor Jessica Inouye and Jennifer Sabas, along with Maid of Honor Maggie Inouye (the Senator’s granddaughter) began to ship goodie bags to the crew on important dates during the Summer of 2021.

The Matrons and Maid of Honor are preparing special welcome bags for the crew and their families.  The remaining Olelo Hawaii cards will be among the items included!


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