Special Operations Forces Conduct Training Aboard USS Michael Murphy in 7th Fleet
PHILIPPINE SEA – Pacific special operations and 7th Fleet maritime special operations forces (SOF) conducted advanced maritime interdiction operations and visit, board, search and seizure training during exercise Multi-Sail 2015 while embarked aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) off the coast of Guam in March.
Special operations forces employed from surface ships highlight the dynamic and far reaching capabilities of 7th Fleet and SOF assets and operations. Combined underway training and exercises increase maritime SOF’s ability to expand communications, stage equipment and interact with conventional naval forces for better positioning and readiness in support of mission tasking and contingency operations within the Pacific Fleet area of operations.
The maritime SOF, especially Navy SEALs, also welcomed the chance to work with Michael Murphy and crew, applying their specialized tactical expertise shoulder-to-shoulder with the ship named for one of its own who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan in 2005. All involved highlighted the complementary effects of combining capabilities for readiness and reach across the Pacific theater.
“It was a real honor for us to have the chance to work with the USS Michael Murphy,” said the embarked SOF task force commander. “Many of us knew him and the others involved in Operation RED WINGS in Afghanistan. The combat capabilities of this Navy warship are very impressive, and the Murphy’s crew is absolutely top-notch and committed to carrying on Lt. Murphy’s name along with the memory and warrior ethos of all involved in that operation in the Korangal Valley in 2005.”
Michael Murphy, homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is currently on a deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operation and part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, who is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
"DDGs must be ready to execute a multitude of missions," said Capt. Shan Byrne, commander of DESRON 15. "Leveraging a conventional asset, like the DDG, with non-conventional forces creates a critical and powerful capability we will continue to build on."
Multi-Sail is an annual DESRON 15-led exercise that is designed to assess combat systems, improve teamwork and increase warfighting capabilities in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation.