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New U.S. Navy ship to be named after Inouye

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An Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer scheduled to be delivered to the United States Navy in 2018 will be named after the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, according to U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa.

Hanabusa says that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus called to tell her the news on Thursday.

"Secretary Mabus informed me that he had tried to name a ship after Senator while he was still alive, and knowing Senator, he wanted no part of it," Rep. Hanabusa said.

The ship is on contract to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

"The Arleigh-Burke Class is considered the strongest, most advanced surface ship in the world, responsible for multiple missions that ensure naval supremacy," said Rep. Hanabusa. "This is a fitting tribute to Senator Inouye, whose own strength and determination inspired so many of us. Our navy will be proud to have a ship bearing his name deployed throughout the world, continuing to fight and defend us."

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