Navy's newest destroyer will call Hawaii home

USS Michael Murphy pays homage to SEAL from NY

Published  4:35 PM HST Oct 04, 2012

The U.S. Navy's newest warship will pay homage to a New York native and Navy lieutenant who became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Afghanistan War.

The USS Michael Murphy, a 510-foot destroyer, is being commissioned this weekend in New York City and its home port will be in Hawaii.

Murphy was killed along with two fellow SEALs during an ambush in 2005.  He was 29.

Already wounded, Murphy left a protected position and went to a clearing where he was exposed to gunfire to get a clear signal to contact Bagram Airfield for backup.  He was killed along with 16 of his rescuers whose helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade on June 28, 2005.

Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare's SEALs, says having a ship named after Murphy means, "his legacy will live on forever."

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