USS Michael Murphy, DDG-112 was christened today, 7 May, 2011 at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine. Adding to the significance of the date is that this was also his birthday. Lt Michael Murphy would have been 35 years old. Instead, he gave his life during Operation Red Wings at the age of 29. He gave his life for the other team members, and his memory will live on in this Burke class Destroyer.
More on USS Murphy HERE:
More on Operation Red Wings HERE:
More on the christening HERE:
Of note, LT Murphy and the other SEALS had the option of killing the herders who initially discovered them, but chose NOT to take innocent lives, even though it would ‘probably’ cause them problems. THIS is the kind of thinking that sets US military apart from the bad guys… Sadly, we lost three outstanding sailors that day and only PO1 Marcus Luttrel survived, and he is living every day with survivor’s guilt. I think it is truly appropriate that the “stock” photo used for the commissioning is not the officer portrait, but rather one of the last pictures taken of LT Murphy in theater. The ship’s motto is also true of not only LT Murphy, but the SEALs in general, the motto is “LEAD THE FIGHT”.