The U.S. Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) successfully completed acceptance trials Feb. 4 after spending a day underway off the coast of Maine.
The Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspected the ship during a series of demonstrations while pier side and underway. Many of the ship’s onboard systems, including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications, and propulsion applications, were tested to validate performance and met or exceeded Navy specifications.
“Following an outstanding Combined Alpha and Bravo trials this past December, DDG 118 performed superbly during the ship’s Acceptance Trial earlier this week,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The Navy and industry team are ready to deliver a highly capable multi-mission warship to the fleet within the next few weeks.”
The destroyer is named in honor of Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient for heroism during World War II. Sen. Inouye represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for 50 years and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The keel laying of the vessel was conducted by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) on May 14, 2018, and she was christened by Inouye’s widow, Irene Hirano Inouye, during a ceremony conducted in Bath, Maine on June 22, 2019. BIW floated the destroyer on Oct. 27, 2019.
USS Daniel Inouye will be the Navy’s 68th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the third of eight planned Flight IIA “technology insertion” ships, which will contain elements of the Flight III ships which begin with DDG-125. The vessel is 509.5 feet long and 59 feet wide, with a displacement of 9,496 tons. She will be homeported in Pearl Harbor.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. The destroyers are armed with myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense missions. They are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles.
As a Flight IIA destroyer, USS Daniel Inouye is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capabilities. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability against a variety of threats.
Following delivery, Daniel Inouye will be the 37th Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyer to be delivered by BIW. The shipyard is also in production on the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), and Flight III ships, Louis H. Wilson, Jr. (DDG 126), and William Charette (DDG 130), as well as the future Zumwalt-class destroyer, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).