COMMANDING OFFICER BIOGRAPHY
CDR Patrick J. Murphy
Commander Patrick Murphy is a native of New Baltimore, MI and a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2001.
Upon completion of training in the MH-53E with AWSTS in Norfolk, VA, he was assigned to the Blackhawks of HM-15 in Corpus Christi, TX where he completed two deployments to 5th fleet. In June 2006 he graduated from USNTPS and was assigned to the Rotary Wing Test Squadron, HX-21 in Patuxent River, MD. While at HX-21 he was the OAMCM project officer where he accumulated 70 tow hours and published the first DT/OT transition report for the MH-60S towing the AN/AQS-20A. Next he reported to the USS Eisenhower, in Norfolk, VA, as the ATO and Assistant Air Operations Officer. While on the Ike he completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2011 he reported to the World Famous Vanguard of HM-14. During this tour he served as the Administration and Operations Department Head. He then reported to PMA-261 where he served as the Engineering Class Desk for the H-53E helicopter from July 2013- July 2015.
Commander Murphy has flown over 1,900 hours in over 15 types of aircraft with over 400 tow hours.