HONOLULU (AP) - Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, will head to Maine in May for the keel-joining ceremony of the $1.5 billion destroyer named for her late-husband, who was a Medal of Honor recipient and legendary Hawaii lawmaker.
The Star-Advertiser reports that Inouye will be the ship's sponsor at the ceremony scheduled for May 14.
Delivery of the USS Daniel Inouye has slipped more than a year due to a schedule change with the contractor, which means the 510-foot (155-meter) warship won't arrive in Hawaii until 2020.
Then-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced in 2013 that the destroyer would be named after Daniel Inouye, whom he called "a true American hero."
Daniel Inouye lost his right arm attacking multiple German machine gun positions in Italy in 1945. He died in 2012.