HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy will christen a new guided-missile destroyer the Daniel Inouye this weekend during a ceremony in Maine.
The Arleigh Burke-class ship is being named after the war hero and politician who broke racial barriers in Congress.
Inouye represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for a half-century until his death in 2012.
At the time of his death, he had been the longest continuously serving U.S. senator, with a tenure that lasted between 1968 and 2009.
He played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals and served as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
He lost his right arm.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii will speak at Saturday’s ceremony in Bath, Maine.
Inouye’s widow, Irene Hirano Inouye, will be the ship’s sponsor.