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.

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.

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.

When not in the military, Lt. Michael P. Murphy was a volunteer fireman who actually participated during 9/11 in 2001

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.

Ensign Devin Arneson stands next to the display case where Lt. Michael P. Murphy’s battle outfit was restored for tribute

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.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy as an infant – In the summer of 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Lt. Michael Murphy, and petty officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson and Marcus Luttrell departed for a reconnaissance mission high in the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The team’s target was Ahmad Shah, a local terrorist leader with close ties to Bin Laden who led a group of insurgents referred to as the “Mountain Tigers”. Five days after insertion, Luttrell was the only SEAL to make it out alive.

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.

Crewman Nguyen stands near the five-inch gun which unleashes 75 Lb projectiles across 12 nautical miles with an accuracy of five feet plus or minus, in the background is the USA’s 1st flag “Don’t Tread On Me” now on all U.S. vessels until the War On Terror is ended.

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)

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