“As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these
ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero.”
Mabus said. “For decades to come, the future USS Paul Ignatius and USS
Daniel Inouye will represent the United States and enable the building
of partnerships and projection of power around the world.”
The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) honors Paul Ignatius
who served as secretary of the Navy 1967–1969 and as assistant
secretary of defense under President Lyndon Johnson. The future USS
Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) is named to honor former Sen. Daniel Inouye,
D-Hawaii. Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in
Tuscany, Italy, during World War II and later became a U.S. senator.
USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will be the first naval ships
to bear these names.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of
operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control
and power projection. They are capable of fighting air, surface and
subsurface battles simultaneously and contain a myriad of offensive and
defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.
DDG 117 and DDG 118 are part of the DDG 51 multiyear
procurement with the contract award to the building yard pending. The
ships will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be
capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.
Additional information about the Arleigh Burke class destroyers is available online at http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=900&ct=4 .
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