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The two newest destroyers will be named for a highly decorated soldier-turned-senator and a former Navy secretary, the Navy’s top civilian announced Thursday.
DDG 117 will be named the USS Paul Ignatius for the former defense official, who was a Navy secretary and an assistant defense secretary in the Johnson administration. And the next destroyer built will be named for Daniel Inouye, a Japanese-American who fought in World War II and later received the Medal of Honor for storming a machine gun nest, an attack that cost him his right arm. Inouye was later elected to the Senate from Hawaii and became the second longest-serving senator in history.
“As secretary of the Navy, it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement announcing the names.
They will be the first warships to bear these names, the news release noted.