The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer that will be the future USS Michael Murphy has been delivered to, and accepted by, the United States Navy.
The Navy accepted delivery on May 4 from General Dynamics, at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The future USS Michael Murphy is the last DDG 51-class ship to be delivered until the class restart ships begin delivering in 2016.
Capt. Mark Vandroff, Program Executive Office Ships’ DDG 51-class program manager, shared: “This delivery marks a very significant milestone for not only the crew of Michael Murphy, but also the Navy, the shipbuilder Bath Iron Works, and the local community in Bath, Maine… This is yet another well-built and tremendously capable ship that will soon join the Fleet. It will be bittersweet to see the ship sail away this summer, but we look forward to delivering more of these key war fighting ships in the future.”
The USS Michael Murphy honors fallen Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor during combat, for courageous actions as the leader of a Navy SEAL Team in Afghanistan; he was also the first person to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, and the first Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War.
The USS Michael Murphy was christened on May 7, 2011, in a ceremony in Bath, Maine. The destroyer was christened by Maureen Murphy, Lt. Murphy’s mother.
The Navy’s acceptance of the delivery of DDG 112 means that the ship has officially been transferred from the shipbuilder to the Navy. The destroyer’s commissioning ceremony has been scheduled for October this year, in New York City.