The Navy's Newest Guided Missile Destroyer Is A Deadly Beauty

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The U.S. Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer, the 510-foot USS Michael Murphy, recently moored alongside New York City’s Pier 88 for its commissioning ceremony.On Saturday, the ship will participate in a long standing naval tradition, the commissioning ceremony, which marks the moment a new ship is formally placed in active service. Of course, we will be there tomorrow to cover the action. The US Navy will also be live streaming the event.

The new ship consists of a crew of 290 well-trained Navy service-men and -women led by Commander Thomas E. Shultz. The ship is named after Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, who risked and lost his own life in 2005 in an effort to call for aid for his men and himself after being ambushed by over 50 anti-coalition militia fighters in Afghanistan.

Lt. Murphy and his team were doing reconnaissance as part of Operation Red Wing, 3 members of the 4 person team, including Lt. Murphy, died in an intense firefight, and an additional 8 Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers died when their helicopter was shot down as they rushed to the aid of Lt. Murphy and his team. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell was the lone survivor of the mission.

This ship was named after Murphy because of the bravery and commitment to others he displayed in the 2005 mission.

The ship relies on the Aegis Combat System and is capable of multi-mission, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Anti-Surface Warfare. It is a deadly beauty.

The 510-foot long ship is moored in New York City's Pier 88.

It is right across from the Intrepid, but with these guys guarding the entrance it isn't as easy to get in.

It is an impressive sight as you get close.

The USS Michael Murphy is a Destroyer Warship, the DDG 112, it is the 112th destroyer in the Navy's fleet

When we boarded for the media tour sailors were still at work tending to the ship.

Her gun, an MK 45 - 5-INCH-GUN packs a major punch and can be used in ship to ship or ship to surface combat situations.

The ship also includes 80 peripheral vertical launch system (VLS) cells.

And there are constant reminders of the ships namesake.

Listen to Mrs. Murphy talk about the ship and her son Lt. Michael Murphy in the video below.

Inside the ship there is a special hallway commemorating the ship's namesake Lt. Michael Murphy. It includes one of his dress uniform shirts.

Below deck, the mess hall is new and very clean.

He held Lt. Murphy's Medal of honour during the ships christening.

Learn more about the story behind Lt. Murphy's act of valor and the Wall of Heroes in the video below:

Damage Controlman (DC3) Aaron Taggart explained how the ships pump system works.

The valves allow a sailor to empty or fill water pumps needed by the ships engineering without having to go down further into the ship. This can be especially useful in fighting conditions when it may be impossible to get down there.

The bridge utilizes sophisticated controls. The screens are touch screens and many of the older manual controls are present but do not need to be used.

Once the ship is in full operation they won't need to use these rudder controls (they can just use the touchscreen), but the manual are necessary in case of a computer malfunction.

One of the ship's MK 45 - 5-INCH-GUNs guns sits at the bow.

The ship is also equipped with incredible binoculars...not to mention the more sophisticated technological monitoring like the SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar.

The new destroyer is loaded with the newest remote operated 25mm cannons.

And chaffing systems to distract any incoming missiles that get past the CWIS Gatling gun.

Quartermaster Chief Congello makes sure to teach all the crew members about Lt. Murphy, his legacy and his life story.

Congello will frequently quiz subordinates about Lt. Murphy by asking about a mission he served on or individuals he served with. This recruit was ready with an answer to Congello's question this time.

As the crew finished preparing for the commissioning ceremony the media made their exit.

Watch below to learn more about the Navy's newest destroyer from the ship's commander and crew:

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