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Future USS Daniel Inouye visits Maui County

Navy Lt. Joshua Flannagan (from left), Maui veterans Harold Okumura and Masao Motooka and Commander Kevin Dore pose for a photo during the crew’s visit to Maui. Maui County / SHANE TEGARDEN photos

The Maui News

Mayor Michael Victorino, nisei veterans and other dignitaries welcomed the arrival of the future USS Daniel Inouye in Maui County waters on Tuesday afternoon, as the ship makes its way to its new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

Crew members met with officials and veterans at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Wailuku.

“It was an honor to witness this historic event,” Victorino said in a news release Tuesday. “The USS Daniel Inouye will forever be a reminder of the service of our nisei veterans during World War II and the legacy of Senator Inouye’s leadership in Hawaii and in the nation’s capital. This is a very proud day for the Aloha State and for the people of Maui County.”

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a U.S. senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012, the news release said. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000 for his extraordinary heroism in combat during World War II. He served with the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy.

The future USS Daniel Inouye visited Maui on Tuesday as it prepares to travel to its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. It will be commissioned on Dec. 8.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multimission ships able to hold targets on land, at sea, in the air and underwater at risk with a suite of sophisticated weapons and sensors, according to the Navy.

The USS Inouye is scheduled to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam at around 10 a.m. today.

It will be commissioned on Dec. 8, a day after the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. as a combatant into World War II.

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