USS Michael Murphy
(DDG 112) Commissioning
The Navy will commission its newest warship, USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), October 6, 2012, in New York City.

USS Michael Murphy Commissioning

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

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 Hawaii.


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