USS Michael Murphy Honors a True Hero

Navy commissions its newest Aegis-equipped destroyer named after fallen Medal of Honor recipient

USS Michael Murphy Commissioned in New York on Oct. 6, the 62nd Aegis-equipped Arleigh Burke- destroyer is named in honor of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, who gave his life trying to rescue his team while under enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2005. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

The officers and crew of the newly commissioned USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) face a tall order in living up to the distinguished legacy of their Aegis-equipped destroyer’s namesake.

Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2005. Murphy led a four-man team to find a key Taliban leader when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force. Murphy was mortally wounded when he left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. While being shot at, Murphy calmly provided his unit's location and requested immediate support. He continued the fight until succumbing to his wounds.

The 62nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy was commissioned Oct. 6 in New York.  Murphy’s mother, Maureen, served as the sponsor for the ship, which was built at the Bath Iron Works in Maine.

"USS Michael Murphy, the most flexible, lethal and multi-mission capable ship of its kind, represents the backbone of our surface combatant fleet," said Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said. "It is one of the best destroyers in the world. This ship will operate forward around the globe, assuring allies, projecting power and defending our nation. And, like its namesake, Lt. Michael Murphy, this ship will serve to protect, influence and win in an era of uncertainty."

The ship features Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Weapon System, which also includes the company’s MK 41 Vertical Launching System and the SPY-1 radar. The system enables the Navy to defeat more complex ballistic missile threats, improves target identification and incorporates commercial off-the-shelf computing technology and open architecture standards.

The Michael Murphy also comes equipped with two MH-60 maritime helicopters. Lockheed Martin integrates the mission systems and sensors aboard MH-60 airframe, which is built by Sikorsky. With a top speed in excess of 30 knots, the ship, measures 510 feet long and 66 feet wide, with a 33-foot draft.

Posted on October 8, 2012