U.S. Navy Warship USS Michael Murphy arrives to Barbadian shores for maiden voyage

Barbados is the very first port of call for the U.S. Navy’s newest warship, the USS Michael Murphy, which arrived this week on its maiden voyage.

While the USS Michael Murphy is here, her sailors will take part in public outreach events including land clearance and area beautification at the Boscobelle Primary School and delivering gifts to children at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The ship’s officers and crew man the ship during the commissioning ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112). Murphy is named after Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient who posthumously received the nation’s highest military honor for bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2005. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor)

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 boat is named in honor of the late Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military’s highest award, the Medal of Honor for his actions as leader of a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan. Lt. 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.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) run aboard to man the rails and bring the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony at Manhattan’s pier 88. The new destroyer honors the late SEAL, Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a New York native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat as leader of a four-man reconnaissance 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 ship will be based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe.

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