Barbados is First Port Call During Maiden Voyage of USS Michael Murphy en route to Honolulu
U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) made its very first port of call to Barbados as a means of testing its capabilities while still under warranty to its contractor.
Murphy is the U.S. Navy’s newest warship; it was commissioned Oct. 6, in New York City, and is currently passing through the 4th Fleet area of operations on its way to its homeport in Pearl Harbor.
While in Barbados, the crew engaged in public outreach events including land clearance and area beautification at the Boscobelle Primary School and delivering gifts to recuperating children at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Separate to the public outreach project, the ship held a media tour of the ship, as seen in part by this video…
The 510-foot Arleigh-Burke class destroyer is a multi-mission, guided-missile vessel designed to operate in multi-threat air, surface and sub-surface threat environments.
The new destroyer honors the late Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions as leader of a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan. Murphy was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan, and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.
The vessel is capable of Narco-Busting activities if called upon, the Media guides were Info Officer Caché Spangle with Ensign Devin Arneson. (More photos will be released in the Photo Gallery this week)