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USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112)
The guided missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) navigates toward open waters off the coast of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii 130128-N-WF272-132.jpg
USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) navigating toward open waters off the coast of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, in 2013.
United States
Name: USS Michael Murphy
Namesake: 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]
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.[6]
Status: in active service
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: 35+ knots[3]
Complement: 323 Sailors (23 officers and 300 enlisted)[7]
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]

Ships 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 was 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 7 May 2011 christening, the destroyer was moved to dry dock for several months in order to finalize construction.[4]


On 1 October 2012 the destroyer arrived in New York for her commissioning, which occurred on 6 October.[12]

On 16 October 2012 Michael Murphy arrived in Barbados for her first international port of call. Led by Ambassador Larry L. Palmer, dozens of sailors ventured out into the community to help the children[how?] of Barbados at the Boscobelle Primary School and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.[13][14] On 21 November, Michael Murphy arrived at her home port of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.[15][16]


On 15 February 2013 Michael Murphy held her first family day cruise.[17] On 23 May 2013 Michael Murphy held her first change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.[18]


On 4 February 2014 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 28 February, the Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Protecteur suffered a fire and breakdown approximately 340 nautical miles (630 km) northeast of Pearl Harbor that left the ship stranded without power, lighting or water. Michael Murphy, already underway, was immediately dispatched to assist in towing and recovery efforts. Michael Murphy received 17 family members of the crew and two civilian contractors from Protecteur; however, due to adverse weather conditions, Michael Murphy's attempts to take her under tow were unsuccessful. The cruiser USS Chosin arrived two days later, connected and towed the stricken ship until the hawser broke.[20] The fleet ocean tug, USNS Sioux, arrived on 2 March and assumed the towing duties and returned Protecteur to Naval Station Pearl Harbor on 6 March.[21][22][23][24]

On 7 July 2014 Michael Murphy departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the at-sea phase of the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). On 26 June, RIMPAC 2014 commenced and Michael Murphy participated in all 36 days, including the closing reception on 1 August.[25][26] On 20 October 2014, Michael Murphy departed on her first deployment to the Western Pacific with the United States Seventh Fleet.[27]


On 26 May 2015, Michael Murphy was awarded with a Canadian Forces Unit Commendation in recognition of the service she provided to the damaged Canadian naval vessel Protecteur after she had caught fire.[28]


In January 2017, Michael Murphy, along with USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), accompanied USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in a deployment to the western Pacific. In April of that year, the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cancelled a scheduled port call in Australia in response to increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea over the DPRK's nuclear weapons program.[citation needed]


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  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. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. ^ "USS Michael Murphy DDG-112 Commissioning Committee". USS Michael Murphy DDG-112 Commissioning Committee. Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  6. ^ "USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112)". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  7. ^ John Pike. "DDG 112 Michael Murphy". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis) Destroyer – Naval Technology". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  9. ^ "BIW News" (PDF). Bath Iron Works. September 2007. p. 3. Retrieved 18 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Fallen Navy SEAL honored with warship". Associated Press. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  11. ^ Sharp, David (8 May 2011). "Warship Built In Maine Bears Name Of Navy SEAL". Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Associated Press.
  12. ^ Joe Pappalardo. "USS Michael Murphy: On Board the Navy's Newest Warship". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  13. ^ "USS Michael Murphy visits Barbados: Sailors Engage with Local Community". Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  14. ^ This story was written U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs. "USS Michael Murphy Makes First Port Call During Maiden Voyage". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  15. ^ "USS Michael Murphy, Navyʼs newest destroyer, arrives at joint base". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  16. ^ Diana N. Quinlan and Daniel Barker. "USS Michael Murphy, Navy's Newest Destroyer Arrives in Pearl Harbor". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  17. ^ "USS Michael Murphy holds its first family day cruise". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  18. ^ Story and photo MC2 Nardel Gervacio. "USS Michael Murphy holds first change of command". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  19. ^ Staff Sgt. William Sallette (4 February 2014). "Army aviators become 'Sea Warriors'". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Line towing fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur to Hawaii breaks". 2 March 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  21. ^ "Line towing fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur to Hawaii breaks". 2 March 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  22. ^ This story was written Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal and U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs. "HMCS Protecteur, Crew Arrive Safely to Pearl Harbor". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  23. ^ "USS Michael Murphy returns with civilians after ship fire". KHON2. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Stranded HMCS Protecteur due in Pearl Harbor by mid-week". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  25. ^ "USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) history". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  26. ^ "RIMPAC 2014: World's Largest Maritime Exercises (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  27. ^ "USS Michael Murphy departs on maiden deployment". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  28. ^ Pugliese, David (3 June 2015). "Canadian Forces thanks crew of USS Michael Murphy for coming to the aid of HMCS Protecteur". Defence Watch. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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