USS Michael Murphy

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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 (United States)
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 June 18, 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 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 was to be based in Pearl Harbor.[12]

On October 16, 2012 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, 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 Michael Murphy held its first family day cruise.[17] On May 23, 2013 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 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, 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 operating underway) was immediately dispatched to assist in her 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 and successfully connected and towed the stricken ship until the hawser broke.[20] The sea-going tug, USNS Sioux, arrived on March 2 and assumed the towing duties and returned Protecteur to Naval Station Pearl Harbor on March 6.[21][22][23][24]

On July 7, 2014 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 26, RIMPAC 2014 commenced and Michael Murphy participated in all 36 days to include the closing reception on August 1.[25][26]

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

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

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. ^ "USS Michael Murphy DDG-112 Commissioning Committee". USS Michael Murphy DDG-112 Commissioning Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112)". uscarriers.net. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  7. ^ John Pike. "DDG 112 Michael Murphy". globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis) Destroyer - Naval Technology". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  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 (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". usembassy.gov. 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". navy.mil. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "USS Michael Murphy, Navyʼs newest destroyer, arrives at joint base". hookelenews.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  16. ^ This story was written Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Diana N. Quinlan and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii. "USS Michael Murphy, Navy's Newest Destroyer Arrives in Pearl Harbor". navy.mil. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "USS Michael Murphy holds its first family day cruise". navy.mil. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Story and photo MC2 Nardel Gervacio. "USS Michael Murphy holds first change of command". navy.mil. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Staff Sgt. William Sallette (4 February 2014). "Army aviators become 'Sea Warriors'". army.mil. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Line towing fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur to Hawaii breaks". cbc.ca. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Line towing fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur to Hawaii breaks". cbc.ca. 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". navy.mil. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "USS Michael Murphy returns with civilians after ship fire". KHON2. 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". uscarriers.net. 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". hookelenews.com. 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. 

External links[edit]

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