USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) is scheduled
to arrive at Staten Island on Friday, Sept. 28,
to prepare for its formal commissioning ceremony
in Manhattan, Saturday, Oct. 6.
The new destroyer honors the late Lt. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL), a local New
Yorker, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in
combat as leader of a 4-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 guided-missile destroyer is designed to counter threats from the air and
sea, and from aircraft, ships and submarines. It is one of the U.S. Navy’s most
advanced, state-of-the-art warships in the fleet.
The commissioning ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at pier
88 on Manhattan’s west side. Michael Murphy’s mother, Maureen Murphy, is the
ship’s sponsor and will give the command to “man our ship and bring her to life”
during the ceremony.
The ceremony is a ticket-only event, however the Navy plans to stream the
ceremony live on www.navy.mil.
The ship will be open for general public visiting on a limited basis: - Staten
Island: Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 - 5 p.m., lines may be capped at 4 p.m. -
Manhattan: Oct. 2, 3 and 8 from 1 – 5 p.m., lines may be capped at 4 p.m. Guests
are asked to wear comfortable closed-toed shoes and limit items carried aboard.
All desiring to tour the ship will go through security screening prior to
gaining access to the ship. A government–issued photo id is required for
everyone eighteen and older.
Following commissioning, USS Michael Murphy will proceed to its homeport in