USS Michael Murphy Commissioning today, Named For Slain Navy SEAL
OORAH! Michael Murphy!
The USS Michael Murphy is the US Navy’s newest warship, but, unlike the rest of the fleet, it is not named for a former president, distinguished member of Congress, or a historic figure from the past. Instead, the 510-foot destroyer will be named for a Long Island native and Navy lieutenant who was the first American awarded the Medal of Honor in the Afghanistan War.
Michael Murphy was a SEAL who was killed with two fellow SEALs during an ambush in 2005, reports The Washington Post. Commander Tom Shultz, the commander of the USS Michael Murphy and its crew of about 300, stated:
‘Here is someone who is just like us. We’ve seen his childhood photos and you look at those photos and in every single one of them we have that same photo of our childhood.’