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October 21, 2014 / iDriveWarships

USS Michael Murphy Departs on Maiden Deployment

Sailors aboard USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) stand by as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

This week the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) left Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the ship’s first operational forward deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean.

During the independent deployment, the ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors are scheduled to conduct goodwill activities with partner nations, along with various presence operations including Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI).

The crew was also joined by a law enforcement detachment from U.S. Coast Guard District 14, who embarked on the ship to participate in OMSI. The detachment is scheduled to conduct maritime law enforcement operations from the ship to administer U.S. and Pacific Island Nations fisheries laws and suppress illicit activities. OMSI is a joint Department of Defense (Navy), Department of Homeland Security (USCG) and Department of Commerce (NOAA) program.

Michael Murphy is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants capabilities, and is designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group. The ship is homeported in Hawaii, and is part of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and U.S. 3rd Fleet.

USS Michael Murphy is named for Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in 2005 during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. Murphy was the first person awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan, and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.

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