The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) held its first change of command ceremony May 23 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz turned over command to Cmdr. Corey J. Turner.
The ceremony started with the arrival of the official party, the parade of colors, the National Anthem sung by Seaman Recruit Steven A. Martinez and the invocation by Lt. Cmdr. Carl Muehler, chaplain of Destroyer Squadron 31. Among the attendees was Lt. Murphy’s mother Maureen.
Former Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter, the guest speaker, praised Shultz for his exceptional performance while in command.
Capt. Wallace G. Lovely, commander of Destroyer Squadron 31, presented Shultz with the Meritorious Service Medal.
During his farewell remarks, Shultz thanked family members and shipmates. “The crew of Michael Murphy and the great ship they serve on, you’ve made this past two and a half years more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. In everything this crew has done, they have always followed our motto, ‘Lead the Fight,’” Schultz said.
Shultz ended his remarks with “Hooyah Michael Murphy.”
Command Master Chief (SW) Matthew E. Danforth presented Shultz with the commissioning pennant.
Cmdr. Corey J. Turner thanked his family as well as the ship’s crew.
“The men and women of the mighty 112, thank you for all you have done. I stand in awe of the awesome power of your tenacity and grit,” said Turner.
“With your never-quit attitude, you embody excellence at every turn, in everything you do. I am standing by with you to answer all bells and look forward to our time together as a team,” Turner said.
The guided-missile destroyer is named after Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, the first person awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for actions in Afghanistan and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.
“It has truly been an honor to lead such fine officers and Sailors aboard an extremely well-built ship with a storied namesake and legacy that inspires us all,” said Shultz.
“I have the utmost confidence that Cmdr. Turner will be an exemplary commanding officer and will lead Michael Murphy and her crew to continued success,” he said.
Shultz reports to Bahrain as deputy commander of Patrol Coastal Squadron One.