|CDR Thomas P. Murphy|
Chief Staff Officer (July 2013 - May 2015)
Commander Thomas P. Murphy is a native of Rochester, NY, and was raised in Hopatcong, NJ. He graduated from State University New York Maritime College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and awarded a Regular USN Commission in May 1993 through NROTC.
He attended The Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI, and then attended The Basic Diving Officer and Salvage Officer courses at the Naval Training Center in Panama City, FL. He reported to USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in February 1995, where he served as The Weapons and 2nd Division Officer, The Navigation Officer and The Assistant Operations Officer.
He graduated from Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Indian Head, MD, and was designated an EOD Officer in Dec 1998. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit FIVE, Agana, Guam, upon graduation, where he served as The Officer-In-Charge of Detachment THREE, from 1998 to 2000. His Detachment was assigned to and deployed with Commander Amphibious Squadron ELEVEN aboard the USS BELLAWOOD (LHA-3). He and his team participated in OPERATION STABILIZE in East Timor providing EOD expertise to contingency planning and operations.
He reported in December of 2000 to The Commander, Mid-Atlantic Region as Officer-In-Charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal for The Mobile Unit TWO Detachment, Yorktown, VA. He was personally responsible for providing regional EOD and Diving response as Military Support to Civil Authorities as well as in support of sensitive military incidents. During this tour he coordinated closely with multiple Government Agencies to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Norfolk Field Office, Virginia State Police and Newport News and Yorktown Municipalities.
Subsequently he was selected to be the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Tactics / Exercise Department Head and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer for The Commander of Mine Countermeasure Squadron ONE in Ingleside, TX from January 2003 to May 2005. Additional responsibilities encompassed support for the 18 major fleet MCM shaping and Phase Zero operations in support of the Pacific Commands Strategic Cooperation initiatives between six countries within the 3rd and 7th Fleet Areas of Operation.
In September of 2006, CDR Murphy assumed duties and responsibilities as the Executive Officer of EOD Mobile Unit ELEVEN. As XO, he coordinated the deployment of 17 EOD Platoons in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM during the Global War on Terror, which successfully executed over 2000 Counter-IED missions and destroyed over 40,000 lbs of explosive remnants of war.
In August of 2008, he was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Navy Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Directorate as the Irregular Warfare action Officer and later as cooperative security team lead for the CNO’s Naval Warfare Integration Directorate (N00X).
In June of 2010, he assumed Command of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit ONE (MDSU1) in Pearl Harbor, HI. CDR Murphy successfully deployed twice as Commander Task Group 56.1 and 56.9 where he led Diving, Salvage, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal forces dispersed throughout the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command AOR.
In July of 2013, he assumed the duties as Mine Countermeasure SEVEN Chief Staff officer.
CDR Murphy is a graduate from the US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS and has an Executive Master’s of Business Administration from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. His personnel decorations include The Meritorious Service Medal (4nAwards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4th Award) and The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is qualified as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Salvage Diving Officer, Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Parachutist.