USS Michael Murphy
"Lead the Fight"
CMDCM(SW) Matthew E. Danforth
CMDCM(SW) Matthew E. Danforth
Command Master Chief (November 2010 - October 2013)

Command Master Chief Matthew E. Danforth is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He signed up for the Navy one year prior to graduating from Perry Traditional Academy in 1991 and immediately joined the Navy.

Danforth attended Recruit Training and GSE “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. His first assignment was to the Naval Air Station, Sigonella Sicily. His other assignments include USS LAKE ERIE (CG-70); Pearl Harbor Naval Brig, Ford Island, USS O’KANE (DDG-77); and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 134 Blue) in Newport, RI and holds an Associate in Arts from Chaminade University.

Upon selection for Command Senior Chief and graduation from the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 61) in Newport, RI, he reported as the Senior Enlisted Leader on USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37). After completing two arduous 7th Fleet deployments he was selected for Master Chief.

Master Chief Danforth reported in November 2010 as Command Master Chief in USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112).

Master Chief Danforth’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia, and numerous campaign awards.


USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) Change Of Command
A photo illustration of the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112).
USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112) Christening Ceremony
Capt. Jerry Zinni and Cmdr. Tom Shultz of (PCU) Michael Murphy sign papers to deliver the ship to the Navy.
Navy Commissions USS Michael Murphy in Big Apple
USS Michael Murphy (DDG - 112)

 Served with...

CDR Corey J. Turner
CDR Thomas E. Shultz
CDR Todd E. Hutchison
CDR Corey Turner
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