Kathy Fooshee has always been proud of her Sailor – Operations Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Malamatos. But spending a day out to sea on the ship that he serves in really made her heart swell with pride.
Fooshee got that opportunity Feb. 15 when the guided missile destroyer USS MICHAEL MURPHY held its first family day cruise off the coast of Oahu.
“I’ve always respected his decision to serve in the Navy, but this makes me even more proud,” said Fooshee, who traveled from Tampa, Fla., to sail with her son. “You see the seriousness in the jobs people do on the ship. And no one job is more important than the others. To be here today really is the trip of a lifetime.”
The MICHAEL MURPHY’s crew invited over 150 family members, friends and special guests on the cruise. The guest list included several members of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One (SDVT-1), the command of the ship’s namesake, LT (SEAL) Michael Murphy.
Murphy was killed in action during Operation RED WINGS in 2005 in Afghanistan and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in combat.
Guests were treated to numerous demonstrations while embarked on the MICHAEL MURPHY.
Damage control exercises gave family members a chance to try on firefighting gear and to spray a fire hose off the flight deck. The ship’s arsenal of guns was fired in unison just before a steel beach picnic on the flight deck. A fly over by a P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft also added to the day-long event.
The USS MICHAEL MURPHY concluded the cruise with a trip past Diamond Head and Waikiki on its way back into port at Pearl Harbor.
“This has been a great time,” said Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Steven Polster, who brought his wife, parents and young nephew on the family day trip. “This has been the first time out to sea for my nephew and he really thinks it’s awesome. I’m glad we were able to share a little of what we do everyday with our family members.”