Military cargo jet will carry name of Inouye

By THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER Published: August 16, 2014

A military cargo aircraft will bear the name of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, one of the most influential members of the Senate during his 50-year tenure and a staunch supporter of the military.

A C-17 Globemaster III will be dedicated to Inouye in a ceremony hosted by the 15th Wing Commander, Col. Randall Huiss, at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20.

In keeping with military tradition, the aircraft will be named "Spirit of Daniel Inouye."

The Navy also plans to name one of its new destroyers after Inouye, who died Dec. 17, 2012, of a respiratory ailment at age 88.

Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II and later became a U.S. senator.

DDG-118, the destroyer that will bear Inouye's name, is on contract to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, a major shipyard that is responsible for the construction of multiple types of surface ships, mostly ordered by the Navy. The ship is expected to be delivered in mid-2018.

In addition, federal lawmakers voted in support of renaming the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu for the senator, recognizes his support for the institute run by the Department of Defense. The center holds workshops and other educational programs for people involved with regional security.

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) arrives at the federal court in Washington, DC in this Oct. 2008 photo.


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