USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112)

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USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) at Pearl Harbor in December 2013.JPG
USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) at Pearl Harbor, December 2013
Career
Name: USS Michael Murphy
Namesake: Navy SEAL Michael P. Murphy[1]
Awarded: 13 September 2002[2]
Builder: Bath Iron Works[2]
Laid down: 18 June 2010[1]
Sponsored by: Maureen Murphy[3]
Christened: 7 May 2011[4]
Launched: 8 May 2011[2]
Commissioned: 6 October 2012 [5] Based in Pearl Harbor, HI. [6]
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Michael Murphy COA.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons[2]
Length: 510 ft (160 m)[2]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[2]
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)[2]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots[3]
Complement: 323 Sailors (23 officers and 300 enlisted)[7]
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5-inch (127-mm)/62 [62 diameters = barrel length], 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
Notes: Michael Murphy (DDG 112) was to be the last of the 62 Arleigh Burke destroyers but, following the proposed cancellation of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class destroyer programme after the completion of the first three vessels, the US Navy will continue construction on the Arleigh Burke Class.[8]

USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) is the 62nd ship of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. She is named for Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy (1976–2005). Her contract was awarded on 13 September 2002 to the Bath Iron Works and Vice Admiral John Morgan, the first commanding officer of Arleigh Burke, made the first cut of steel.[9] DDG-112 was named Michael Murphy by Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter on 7 May 2008 and her keel was laid down on 18 June 2010. The ship was christened on 7 May 2011, Murphy's birthday,[4] by her sponsor Maureen Murphy, Michael Murphy's mother.[1][3][10][11]

History[edit]

Maureen Murphy, left, and Edwin Bard inscribe the signatures of Michael Murphy's family on an iron plate during a dedication ceremony.

On 18 June 2010, Maureen Murphy and Edwin Bard inscribed the signatures of Murphy's family on an iron plate during a dedication ceremony for Michael Murphy. The plate will be affixed to the ship's hull during construction. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in June 2005. He was the first sailor awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

After its May 7, 2011 christening, the destroyer was moved to dry dock for several months in order to finalize the vessel's construction.[4]

On October 1, 2012 the destroyer arrived in New York for its commissioning, which occurred on October 6. Built by Bath Iron Works, the 509-foot-long ship will be based in Pearl Harbor.[12]

On October 16, 2012 the USS Michael Murphy arrived in Barbados for its first international port of call. Led by Ambassador Larry L. Palmer, dozens of sailors ventured out into the community today to help the children of Barbados at the Boscobelle Primary School and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.[13] [14]

On November 21, 2012 the USS Michael Murphy arrived at its home port of Naval Station Pearl Harbor (part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam).[15][16]

On February 15 2013 the USS Michael Murphy held its first family day cruise.[17]

On May 23, 2013 the USS Michael Murphy held its first change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz turned over command to Cmdr. Corey J. Turner. [18]

On February 4, 2014 the USS Michael Murphy participated with aviation forces from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps in joint training exercise Koa Kai. Participating units conducted integrated flight operations, anti-surface and anti-submarine training.[19]

On February 28, 2014, the RCN ship HMCS Protecteur suffered a fire and breakdown approximately 340 nautical miles northeast of Pearl Harbor that left her stranded without power, lighting or water. The USS Michael Murphy (already operating underway) was immediately dispatched to assist in her towing and recovery efforts. The USS Michael Murphy received the HMCS Protecteur's 17 family members of the crew and two civilian contractors, however, due to adverse weather conditions the Michael Murphy's attempts to take her under tow were unsuccessful. The USS Chosin arrived two days later and successfully connected and towed her until her hawser broke.[20]The USNS Sioux arrived on March 2, 2014 and assumed the towing duties.[21][22][23][24]

On July 7, 2014 the USS Micheal Murphy departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). On June 26th, 2014 RIMPAC 2014 commenced, the USS Michael Murphy participated in all 36 days to include the closing reception on August 1st, 2014.[25][26]

On October 20th, 2014 the USS Michael Murphy departed on her first deployment to the Western Pacific (the United States Seventh Fleet).[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Keel for Future USS Michael Murphy Authenticated". Navy News Service. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Michael Murphy". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c O'Brien, Kevin S. (7 May 2008). "SECNAV Names New Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Michael Murphy". Navy News Service. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Candiotti, Susan; Ross Levitt (7 May 2011). "Navy ship dedicated to fallen SEAL". CNN. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.ussmichaelmurphy.org/
  6. ^ http://www.uscarriers.net/ddg112.htm
  7. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/navy/ddg-112.htm
  8. ^ http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/burke/
  9. ^ "BIW News" (PDF). Bath Iron Works. September 2007. p. 3. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Fallen Navy SEAL honored with warship". Associated Press. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Sharp, David, (Associated Press), "Warship Built In Maine Bears Name Of Navy SEAL", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 8 May 2011.
  12. ^ http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/navy-ships/uss-michael-murphy-on-board-the-navys-newest-warship#slide-1
  13. ^ http://barbados.usembassy.gov/ev10172012a.html
  14. ^ http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=70183
  15. ^ http://www.hookelenews.com/uss-michael-murphy-navy%CA%BCs-newest-destroyer-arrives-at-joint-base/
  16. ^ http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=70784
  17. ^ http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg112/Pages/USSMichaelMurphyholdsitsfirstfamilydaycruise.aspx#.UwkExvldV8E
  18. ^ http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg112/Pages/USSMichaelMurphyholdsfirstchangeofcommand.aspx#.Uwj4xPldV8E
  19. ^ http://www.army.mil/article/119481/Army_aviators_become__Sea_Warriors_/
  20. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/line-towing-fire-damaged-hmcs-protecteur-to-hawaii-breaks-1.2555354
  21. ^ "HMCS Protecteur, based in B.C., experiences engine room fire at sea"
  22. ^ http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=79524
  23. ^ http://khon2.com/2014/03/04/uss-michael-murphy-returns-with-civilians-after-ship-fire/
  24. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/stranded-hmcs-protecteur-due-in-pearl-harbor-by-mid-week/article17189490/
  25. ^ http://www.uscarriers.net/ddg112history.htm
  26. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/rimpac-photos-hawaii_n_5615536.html
  27. ^ http://www.hookelenews.com/uss-michael-murphy-departs-on-maiden-deployment/

External links[edit]

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