June 26, 2010

Keel Laid for USS Michael Murphy, DDG-112

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As AW1Tim said:

"I'm very happy to see a warship named in his honor, as opposed to some Congress Critter. The Navy got this one right, anyway".
Amen to that, think John Murtha
BATH, Maine (NNS) — More than 50 Sailors, civilians and family members gathered June 18 at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard to authenticate the keel of a U.S. Navy destroyer named for a Navy SEAL killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The keel authentication ceremony was designed to mark the beginning of construction of the future USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), a destroyer named in honor of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

“There are no words,” said Maureen Murphy, mother of Murphy. “I still can’t get it through my head that a U.S. Navy ship is going to be named after my son. He would be honored. I hope to have a good rapport with the crew of the Michael Murphy. On the ship, it’s going to be like one big family, and I would like to have a good relationship with the crew.”

God Bless his family, friends.

RIP Lt. Michael P. Murphy, your name & Operation Red Wings lives on...

Update: I felt it would be fitting to honor those, besides Lt Michael Murphy, who gave all in Operation Red Wings:

RIP..., your story will live on through the US Naval destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112)

Update II: This story wouldn't be complete without mentioning Marcus Luttrel, the lone survivor of Operation Red Wings:

"Lone Survivor": Marcus Luttrel's Theraputic Dog Killed By Thrill Seeking Perverts
Lone Survivor, an amazing true story by the lone survivor of Operation Red Wings.

By Stable Hand at 01:49 PM | Comments |