USS Michael Murphy

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]

USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112)
The guided missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) navigates toward open waters off the coast of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii 130128-N-WF272-132
USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) navigating toward open waters off the coast of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, in 2013.
United States
Name: USS Michael Murphy
Namesake: 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]
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.[6]
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Michael Murphy COA
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: 35+ knots[3]
Complement: 323 Sailors (23 officers and 300 enlisted)[7]
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]

Ships History


US Navy 100618-N-3245F-001 Maureen Murphy, left, and Edwin Bard inscribe the signatures of Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy's family on an iron plate during a dedication ceremony for Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Murphy (DDG 11
Maureen Murphy, left, and Edwin Bard inscribe the signatures of Michael Murphy's family on an iron plate during a dedication ceremony.

On 18 June 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 7 May 2011 christening, the destroyer was moved to dry dock for several months in order to finalize construction.[4]


On 1 October 2012 the destroyer arrived in New York for her commissioning, which occurred on 6 October.[12]

On 16 October 2012 Michael Murphy arrived in Barbados for her first international port of call. Led by Ambassador Larry L. Palmer, dozens of sailors ventured out into the community to help the children of Barbados at the Boscobelle Primary School and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.[13][14] On 21 November, Michael Murphy arrived at her home port of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.[15][16]


On 15 February 2013 Michael Murphy held her first family day cruise.[17] On 23 May 2013 Michael Murphy held her first change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.[18]


On 4 February 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 28 February, 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 underway, was immediately dispatched to assist in 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, connected and towed the stricken ship until the hawser broke.[20] The fleet ocean tug, USNS Sioux, arrived on 2 March and assumed the towing duties and returned Protecteur to Naval Station Pearl Harbor on 6 March.[21][22][23][24]

On 7 July 2014 Michael Murphy departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the at-sea phase of the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). On 26 June, RIMPAC 2014 commenced and Michael Murphy participated in all 36 days, including the closing reception on 1 August.[25][26] On 20 October 2014, Michael Murphy departed on her first deployment to the Western Pacific with the United States Seventh Fleet.[27]


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


In January 2017, Michael Murphy, along with USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), accompanied USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in a deployment to the western Pacific. In April of that year, the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cancelled a scheduled port call in Australia in response to increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea over the DPRK's nuclear weapons program.


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  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. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
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  7. ^ John Pike. "DDG 112 Michael Murphy". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis) Destroyer – Naval Technology". 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". Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. 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". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  15. ^ "USS Michael Murphy, Navyʼs newest destroyer, arrives at joint base". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  16. ^ Diana N. Quinlan and Daniel Barker. "USS Michael Murphy, Navy's Newest Destroyer Arrives in Pearl Harbor". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  17. ^ "USS Michael Murphy holds its first family day cruise". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  18. ^ Story and photo MC2 Nardel Gervacio. "USS Michael Murphy holds first change of command". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  19. ^ Staff Sgt. William Sallette (4 February 2014). "Army aviators become 'Sea Warriors'". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Line towing fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur to Hawaii breaks". 2 March 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  21. ^ "Line towing fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur to Hawaii breaks". 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". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  23. ^ "USS Michael Murphy returns with civilians after ship fire". KHON2. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. 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". 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". 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.

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Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The class leader, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke's lifetime.

These warships were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile antiballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms. Some versions of the class no longer have the towed sonar, or Harpoon missile launcher. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross-section.The first ship of the class was commissioned on 4 July 1991. With the decommissioning of the last Spruance-class destroyer, USS Cushing, on 21 September 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class ships became the U.S. Navy's only active destroyers, until the Zumwalt class became active in 2016. The Arleigh Burke class has the longest production run for any post-World War II U.S. Navy surface combatant. Besides the 62 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II and 34 of Flight IIA) in service by 2016, up to a further 42 (of Flight III) have been envisioned.

With an overall length of 505 to 509 feet (154 to 155 m), displacement ranging from 8,315 to 9,200 tons, and weaponry including over 90 missiles, the Arleigh Burke class are larger and more heavily armed than most previous ships classified as guided missile cruisers.

Bath Iron Works

Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a major United States shipyard located on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, founded in 1884 as Bath Iron Works, Limited. BIW has built private, commercial, and military vessels, most of which have been ordered by the United States Navy. The shipyard has built and sometimes designed battleships, frigates, cruisers, and destroyers, including the Arleigh Burke class which are currently among the world's most advanced surface warships.

Since 1995, Bath Iron Works has been a subsidiary of General Dynamics, the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world as of 2008. During World War II, ships built at BIW were considered to be of superior toughness by sailors and Navy officials, giving rise to the phrase "Bath-built is best-built."

Carrier Strike Group 1

Carrier Strike Group One (CSG-1 or CARSTRKGRU 1) is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the strike group's current flagship, and other units currently assigned are the ship's Carrier Air Wing 2 and embarked Destroyer Squadron 1, deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, as well as Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy and USS Wayne E. Meyer.

Although the previous Carrier Strike Group One traced its history to Carrier Division 1, formed in 1930, the current Carrier Strike Group One was an entirely new naval formation when it was established in October 2009. During the relocation of its flagship Carl Vinson to its new home base in San Diego, California, it supported Operation Unified Response, providing humanitarian assistance following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. During its first overseas deployment in 2011, the body of Osama bin Laden was flown to the Carl Vinson for burial at sea. Carrier Strike Group One was the second U.S. Navy carrier force to participate in Operation Inherent Resolve.

Exercise RIMPAC

RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii. It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy's Indo-Pacific Command, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard forces under the control of the Governor of Hawaii. The US invites military forces from the Pacific Rim and beyond to participate. With RIMPAC the United States Indo-Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability among Pacific Rim armed forces, as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations. It is described by the US Navy as a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.

Fleet Week

Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as those provided by the Blue Angels.

Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

List of current ships of the United States Navy

The United States Navy has approximately 490 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with approximately 90 more in either the planning and ordering stages or under construction, according to the Naval Vessel Register and published reports. This list includes ships that are owned and leased by the U.S. Navy; ships that are formally commissioned, by way of ceremony, and non-commissioned. Ships denoted with the prefix "USS" are commissioned ships. Prior to commissioning, ships may be described as a "pre-commissioning unit" or PCU, but are officially referred to by name with no prefix. US Navy support ships are often non-commissioned ships organized and operated by Military Sealift Command. Among these support ships, those denoted "USNS" are owned by the US Navy. Those denoted by "MV" or "SS" are chartered.

Current ships include commissioned warships that are in active service, as well as ships that are part of Military Sealift Command, the support component and the Ready Reserve Force, that while non-commissioned, are still part of the effective force of the U.S. Navy. Future ships listed are those that are in the planning stages, or are currently under construction, from having its keel laid to fitting out and final sea trials.

There exist a number of former US Navy ships which are museum ships (not listed here), some of which may be US government-owned. One of these, USS Constitution, a three-masted tall ship, is one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy. It is the oldest naval vessel afloat, and still retains its commission (and hence is listed here), as a special commemoration for that ship alone.

List of equipment of the United States Navy

The Equipment of the United States Navy have been subdivided into: watercraft, aircraft, munitions, vehicles, and small arms.

Michael P. Murphy

Michael Patrick "Murph" Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War . His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart.

Michael Murphy was born and raised in Suffolk County, New York. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with honors and dual degrees in political science and psychology. After college he accepted a commission in the United States Navy and became a United States Navy SEAL in July 2002. After participating in several War on Terrorism missions, he was killed on June 28, 2005, after his team was compromised and surrounded by Taliban forces near Asadabad, Afghanistan.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Michael Murphy, and several civilian and military buildings have been named in his honor.

Military band

A military band is a group of personnel that performs musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instruments. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music. Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching bands in the world, dating from the 13th century.The military band is capable of playing ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well, both while stationary and as a marching band. Military bands also play a part in military funeral ceremonies.

There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first is military field music. This type of music includes bugles (or other natural instruments such as natural trumpets or natural horns), bagpipes, or fifes and almost always drums. This type of music was used to control troops on the battlefield as well as for entertainment. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the brass and woodwind military band was formed. A third type, that of a mounted band, serves cavalry and sometimes artillery formations.

Some police forces have their own police bands that provide a similar function to a military band.

Naval Station Pearl Harbor

Naval Station Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base adjacent to Honolulu, in the U.S. state of Hawaii. In 2010, along with the United States Air Force's Hickam Air Force Base, the facility was merged to form Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam.

Pearl Harbor is the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on Sunday 7 December 1941 brought the United States into World War II.

USS Murphy

USS Murphy may refer to:

USS Murphy (DD-603), was a Benson-class destroyer launched in 1942 and sold for scrap in 1971. She earned four battle stars, and survived a partial sinking during World War II.

USS Michael Murphy, is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer launched in 2011 and currently in service

USS New Orleans (LPD-18)

USS New Orleans (LPD-18), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fourth commissioned ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

USS Wayne E. Meyer

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named after Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, known as the "Father of Aegis". She carries the 100th AEGIS Weapon System to be delivered to the United States Navy. Wayne E. Meyer is the 58th destroyer in her class. She was built by Bath Iron Works, and was christened by sponsor Anna Mae Meyer, wife of Admiral Meyer, and launched on 18 October 2008. She completed sea trials in June 2009 and was delivered to the Navy in July 2009. She was commissioned on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 10 October 2009.

Flight I ships
Flight II ships
Flight IIA ships
Flight III ships


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