KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia – Sailors from the Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) took time out of their port visit to the eastern Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu to help children from an area orphanage in a community relations project, Nov. 24.
More than a dozen Sailors from Michael Murphy worked with 31 children from Sakinah Orphanage in a cleanup of Tanjung Aru Beach. The Sailors and children spent time playing on the beach following the work.
“The children were precious and such a joy to play and interact with,” said Quartermaster 1st Class Jessica Delfelder. “These are the kinds of moments that make a deployment special when you can go to a community like Kota Kinabalu and really interact with the local people in a positive way.”
The Michael Murphy team was treated in impressive fashion for the event. They were led to the beach by police escort and met by a large group of local media. The local city council also assisted during the event.
Fire Controlman Chief Ryan York coordinated the community relations project. He said the local support and the opportunity to work with a Muslim orphanage provided a great cultural exchange for the Sailors and local community.
“This is a big opportunity for us to have a positive first impact and leave an everlasting impression,” said York.
Michael Murphy, named in honor of Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valorous service during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005, is on its maiden deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.