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The nation’s newest Aegis-equipped destroyer arrives in New York in advance of its Oct. 6 commissioning


USS Michael Murphy The future USS Michael Murphy arrived at Manhattan’s Pier 88 recently in advance of its Oct. 6 commissioning. The Aegis-equipped ship will be open to the public on Oct. 2, 3 and 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

Start spreading the news, the crew of the future USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) woke up in the city that never sleeps when it arrived in New York, New York in advance of the ship’s commissioning on Oct. 6.

After spending the weekend in Staten Island, the nation’s newest Aegis-equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyer sailed past the Statue of Liberty and into Manhattan Oct. 1. The ship is named in honor of Medal of Honor winner Lt. Michael Murphy, a Long Island native and Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan.

Docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan, the ship will be open to the public for tours on Oct. 2, 3 and 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors should wear comfortable closed-toed shoes and limit items carried aboard. A government-issued photo ID is required for everyone over 18.

Admittance to the commissioning ceremony is by invitation-only, but the Navy plans to stream the event live on its website,

Built in Maine by Bath Iron Works, the 509-foot (155 m) long Michael Murphy features Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System, the SPY 1D multifunction phased array radar and 96 MK-41 Vertical Launching System cells.

Aegis integrates and coordinates more than 20 separate on-board systems that enable surface combatants to simultaneously attack land targets, submarines and other surface ships, while automatically implementing defensive measures against enemy aircraft and missiles.

The Navy equips all of its Arleigh Burke class destroyers and Ticonderoga class missile cruisers with the Aegis system. More than 100 Aegis-equipped ships are either deployed or on order by the world’s navies. In addition to the U.S., the navies of Australia, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Spain also use the Aegis system. Combined, these Aegis-equipped ships have more than 1,250 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than 3,800 missiles in tests and real-world operations.

Posted on October 2, 2012