After initial flight training in Pensacola, FL, Captain (CAPT) Murphy received his wings of gold and was designated a Naval Aviator in September of 2000. Immediately following Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training in the SH-60B, he reported to the Saberhawks of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR SEVEN (HSL-47) in North Island, CA. While a Saberhawk, he deployed with Detachment THREE in USS FIFE (DD 991) and with Detachment TWO as the Maintenance Officer in USS SHOUP (DDG 86). Ashore he served as Ground Training Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and as the Quality Assurance Officer.
In August of 2004, CAPT Murphy reported to the Pioneers of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. There he served as an Operational Test Director for the MH-60R/S and the Naval Tactics Techniques and Procedures Model Manager for the HSL/HSM community. He concurrently attended the Naval Post Graduate School’s Distance Learning Program and earned a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration.
CAPT Murphy served his next tour as Assistant Air Operations Officer in USS BATAAN (LHD-5), home ported in Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Additionally, he served as the Hangar Deck Officer and the Flight Deck Officer. In January of 2009, he was selected to attend the US Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, completing Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.
In May of 2010, CAPT Murphy reported to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light THREE SEVEN (HSL-37) at Marine Corp Base Kaneohe Bay, HI for his department head tour. He served as the Administrative Officer and as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of Detachment FIVE in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) where he deployed to the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation NEW DAWN. Upon his return, he served as the Maintenance Officer, during which time the department was awarded the 2012 Golden Wrench Maintenance Excellence Award and the Navy’s nominee for the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award.
Following his department head tour, CAPT Murphy reported for a joint duty assignment in Washington, DC. There he served as the Joint Warfare Analysis Center’s (JWAC) liaison officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
CAPT Murphy’s next assignment was as the Executive and then Commanding Officer of the “Magicians” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron THIRTY FIVE (HSM-35) in North Island, CA. Under his leadership, the command received the 2016 CAPT Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy, the Golden Wrench, the 2017 Battle Efficiency Award and personal recognition as the 2017 HSMWINGPAC Navy/Marine Corp Leadership Award winner.
Following command, CAPT Murphy reported as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Integrated Warfare (OPNAV N9I) in Washington, DC and was subsequently selected for major command with follow on orders to report in June of 2020 as the Executive of the USS BATAAN (LHD-5) in Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
CAPT Murphy’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (First Strike/Flight Award), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). He is married to the former Dawn Duncan from Bellmawr, NJ. They have two children, Joseph, age 14 and Ashley, age 12.