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.
It is right across from the Intrepid, but with these guys guarding the entrance it isn't as easy to get in.
The USS Michael Murphy is a Destroyer Warship, the DDG 112, it is the 112th destroyer in the Navy's fleet
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.
Inside the ship there is a special hallway commemorating the ship's namesake Lt. Michael Murphy. It includes one of his dress uniform shirts.
Learn more about the story behind Lt. Murphy's act of valor and the Wall of Heroes in the video below:
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.
The ship is also equipped with incredible binoculars...not to mention the more sophisticated technological monitoring like the SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar.
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.
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