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USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112)
USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) photo illustration
Illustration of Michael Murphy and Lt. Michael P. Murphy
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Name: USS Michael Murphy
Namesake: Navy SEAL 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
Status: In service
Badge: USS Michael Murphy COA
General characteristics
Class & 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: 30+ knots[3]
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted[2]
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5-inch (127-mm)/62 [62 diameters = barrel length], 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried:SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

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.[5] 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, Murphy's mother.[1][3][6][7]

HistoryEdit

US Navy 100618-N-3245F-001 Maureen Murphy, left, and Edwin Bard inscribe the signatures of Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy&#039;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 will be 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 its 7 May 2011 christening, the destroyer was moved to dry dock for several months in order to finalize the vessel's construction.[4]

On the weekend of 9–10 September 2012, the destroyer was complete and open to tours for cleared Naval Persons and their families at Newport Naval Yard, Newport, Rhode Island. On October 1, the destroyer arrived in New York for its commissioning, which occurred on October 6.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Keel for Future USS Michael Murphy Authenticated". Navy News Service. 18 June 2010. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54166. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Michael Murphy". Naval Vessel Register. http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/DDG112.htm. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 O'Brien, Kevin S. (7 May 2008). "SECNAV Names New Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Michael Murphy". Navy News Service. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36931. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Candiotti, Susan; Ross Levitt (7 May 2011). "Navy ship dedicated to fallen SEAL". CNN. http://articles.cnn.com/2011-05-07/us/maine.ship.christened_1_navy-ship-taliban-fighters-taliban-leader?_s=PM:US. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  5. "BIW News" (PDF). Bath Iron Works. September 2007. p. 3. http://www.gdbiw.com/news_and_events/biw_news/2007_archive/BIW_News_Sept07web%20Final.pdf. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  6. "Fallen Navy SEAL honored with warship". 7 May 2011. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. http://web.archive.org/web/20110510135026/http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/05/07/state/n123340D54.DTL&tsp=1. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  7. Sharp, David, (Associated Press), "Warship Built In Maine Bears Name Of Navy SEAL", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 8 May 2011.

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