Lt. Cmdr. Leland M. Murphy
Regional Support Group
Lt. Cmdr. Leland M. Murphy was born and raised in East Texas, graduating from New London High School in New London, Texas in 1987. He joined the United States Navy in Nov. 1988 and commenced training in the Nuclear Power pipeline in Orlando, Fla. He completed his training at the A1W Prototype in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was initially assigned to the USS Michigan (SSBN 727) stationed in Bangor, Wash. and earned his qualification in submarines, completed seven strategic patrols and a Panama Canal crossing after shooting four exercise missiles.
In 1996, he transferred to the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, N.Y. for Instructor Duty at the MARF Prototype. He qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch and earned his Master Training Specialist title.
In 1999, he was selected and accepted by NAVSEA 08 for duty onboard the research submarine NR-1 stationed in Groton, CT. He completed two Northern deployments and one combined Mediterranean/Northern deployment for scientific and national tasking. He qualified as Officer of the Deck and earned his Enlisted and Officer Deep Submergence device. He was initiated as a Chief Petty Officer in the year 2000.
In 2002 Lt. Cmdr. Murphy was commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer and assigned to the NAVSEA Shipyard Representative Office (NSRO) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In this position, he was responsible for independent oversight of shipyard non-nuclear operations for adherence to NAVSEA standards and requirements.
In 2006, he transferred to the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) stationed in LaMaddalena, Italy as the Repair Department Planning Officer, where he qualified as Officer of the Deck and Surface Warfare Officer. Additionally, he was the Fly-Away Officer-In-Charge for repairs to USS Newport News (SSN 750) in Bahrain after her collision with a Japanese supertanker.
In 2008, Murphy transferred to COMSUBGRU Seven in Yokosuka, Japan as the Material Officer. He maintained material condition for over 50 submarine deployments to the 5th and 7th Fleet area of responsibility covering half of the world's oceans. He took charge of emergent repairs to USS Hartford (SSN 768) in Bahrain after her collision with USS New Orleans (LPD 18).
Lt. Cmdr. Murphy relieved as the Executive Officer of Naval Submarine Support Facility, Groton Connecticut in September 2012 and was also assigned the duty of Executive Officer for Regional Support Group Groton.
He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards) and various unit and service awards.