Navy Commissions Newest Warship, USS Michael Murphy
The Navy commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), on Oct. 6 during a ceremony at pier 88 in Manhattan.
The ship is named in honor of Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy, a New York native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.
Thousands of guests gathered in front of the ship to witness the ceremony, including the Mayor of New York, the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, and Adm. William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.
Greenert welcomed the newest addition to the surface combatant fleet, highlighting the ship’s massive power and ability to protect our nation’s freedom.
As the ship sponsor, Maureen Murphy (Michael’s mother) ordered the crew to “man our ship and bring her to life!”
Cmdr. Thomas Shultz, the ship’s commanding officer, will lead the crew of 279 officers and enlisted personnel. The 9,200-ton Michael Murphy is the 62nd ship in the Arleigh Burke class of Navy destroyers and the last of its class. The ship was christened May 7, 2011 in Bath, Maine, and delivered to the Navy from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on May 4, 2012. Michael Murphy is 509 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and has a navigational draft of 31 feet.
The commissioning was the culmination of a week-long celebration in New York City honoring the ship, her crew and the legacy of Lt. Murphy. The ship will be homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.