US Navy accepts delivery of future USS Daniel Inouye

According to a press release published by U.S. Navy on March 8, 2021, Naval Forces accepted delivery of the guided-missile destroyer future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 guided-missile destroyer future USS Daniel Inouye DDG 118 (Picture source: US Navy)

Delivery of DDG 118 represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. Prior to delivery, the ship successfully conducted a series of at-sea and pier-side trials to demonstrate its material and operational readiness.

The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the Medal of Honor June 21, 2000 for his extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II.

DDG 118 is a Flight IIA destroyer equipped with Aegis Baseline 9, which provides improved Integrated Air and Missile Defense capabilities, increased computing power, and radar upgrades that improve detection range and reaction time against modern air warfare and Ballistic Missile Defense threats.

BIW 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).

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and boats and craft.

Daniel Inouye is a Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability against a variety of threats. She is the third of eight planned Flight IIA "technology insertion" ships, which will contain elements of the Flight III ships projected to begin with DDG-125.

The USS Daniel Inouye has a length overall of 156 m, a beam of 18 m, a draft of 9.3 m, and a displacement of 9,217 tons. The ship is powered by four General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines driving two shafts. She can reach a top speed of 30 knots (55.5 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h).

The surveillance systems of the USS Daniel Inouye includes SPY-1D Phased Array Radar (Lockheed Martin)/AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (Raytheon Company) and Aegis Combat System (Lockheed Martin), SPS-73(V) Navigation, SPS-67(V)3 Surface Search, 3 SPG-62 Illuminator, SQQ-89(V)6 sonar incorporating SQS-53C hull-mounted and SQR-19 towed array sonars used with Mark-116 Mod 7 ASW fire control system.

The armament of the USS Daniel Inouye consists of two Mark-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) with 96 Standard, Vertical Launch ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rocket) & Tomahawk ASM (Air-to-Surface Missile)/LAM (Loitering Attack Missile), one 5-in (127-mm)/54 Mark-45 naval gun, two CIWS (Close-In Weapon System), two Mark-32 triple 324-mm torpedo tubes for Mark-46 or Mark-50 ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) torpedos.

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