HONOLULU -- The future USS Daniel Inouye – an Arleigh Burke-class Navy destroyer vessel – arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Thursday.
The ship’s arrival to Pearl Harbor followed a 2-day voyage around the Hawaiian Islands as part of an “Honoring the Islands” tour meant as a tribute to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye for his dedication to the Hawaiian people.
The Honoring the Islands tour schedule led the ship first to the Big Island and Maui on Tuesday and on to Kauai on Wednesday.
Inouye served as a US Senator for Hawaii for nearly 50 years -- from 1963 until he passed away in 2012.
Inouye received the Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000, for heroism in action with the U.S. Army while serving as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II, the Hawaii Military Affairs Council wrote in a press release.
The USS Daniel Inouye is scheduled to be commissioned on December 8, 2021 -- one day after the 80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration. From there the ship and its crew report to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31.