The US Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA destroyer, USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), has been commissioned into service during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The USS Daniel Inouye is named after former US Senator late Daniel Inouye.

Hawaii Governor David Ige, Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, and US Pacific Fleet Samuel Paparo commander also participated in the commissioning event.

Paparo said: “This ship, the USS Daniel Inouye, will join the US Pacific Fleet and the Indo-Pacom joint team.

“This ship and its crew are ready to assume its critical mission: The defence and safeguarding of the well-being and interests of our nation.”

USS Daniel Inouye, which is 5ft 10in tall, is the first US warship to bear its name. It has a navigational draft of 33ft.

Daniel Inouye is now the US Navy’s 37th Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) delivered by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW).

Equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, Daniel Inouye will have capabilities such as ‘Integrated Air and Missile Defense’ and improved ‘Ballistic Missile Defense’.

It will provide faster response time, high firepower, as well as enhanced electronic countermeasures capability against various threats.

BIW is also working on other future Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, namely Carl M Levin, John Basilone, Harvey C Barnum, Patrick Gallagher, and Flight III ship Louis H Wilson.

In March, GD BIW started construction on the US Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.