Commander Daniel Murphy of Bangall, New York, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in May 2001. He reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2002.
Following Fleet Replacement training in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, he reported to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR SIX (HSL-46) at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Serving as Detachment Operations Officer, he made deployments in support Joint Interagency Task Force South Counter-Narco Trafficking operations, and in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM as a part of the USS EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group operating in the US Central Command Area of Responsibility. He was awarded the Chief of Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award which is selected by peers for exhibiting the highest levels of excellence in leadership.
In July 2007, Commander Murphy was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) in Patuxent River, Maryland as the model manager for the SH-60B and MH-60R tactical manuals. He spearheaded the creation of the newly re-designated Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) community tactical flight manual as the model manager of the first edition of the new MH-60R Naval Tactics Techniques and Procedures publication.
In July 2010, he reported to Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) as HSM Operations Officer and deployed with the Atlantic Fleet’s first CVW to embark the MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawk. During this tour, he created and implemented the first Maritime Strike Lead program, providing the Carrier Air Wing Commander with a program to develop rotary wing strike leads focused on maritime missions. He completed a deployment embarked as part of the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In June 2012, he reported to the Spartans of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO (HSM-70) in Jacksonville, Florida. He served as a detachment officer in charge in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), as the squadron Operations Officer, and as the Maintenance Officer during a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. He also served at U.S. Cyber Command, at Fort Meade, Maryland from January 2016 - December 2017 as the lead exercise planner for the nation’s only Tier 1 joint cyber exercises, CYBER GUARD and CYBER FLAG focused on protecting critical infrastructure, and supporting joint task force operations directly improving the resiliency of our nation’s critical infrastructure to major cyberattack.
He is a graduate of the Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts degree and also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of San Diego. Commander Murphy has accumulated more than 2,300 flight hours and awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations, service and campaign awards.
Commander Murphy assumed the role of Commanding Officer on 29 April 2020.