The Navy showcases its newest guided-missile destroyer
USS Michael Murphy reaches its new home
"I miss you daddy," hollers 7-year-old Logan Veach. He was almost beside himself, moments before his dad arrived in Honolulu.
"It's my first time in Hawaii. We love it. I'm excited to have my husband be here and enjoy it with us," said his mom Tina Veach.
"He's a local boy from Waianae," cheered MaryAnn Dorsey, who's waiting for her son Raymond Nabarro Junior.
It will be a blended family.
The USS Michael Murphy's 279 officers and their loved ones hail from the East Coast, the West Coast and Hawaii.
As it arrives at its new Pearl Harbor home the anticipation on land is building.
It is the Navy's newest, most advanced, multi-mission destroyer.
The namesake and the story behind it are rich with inspiration and honor.
"It's not often you serve on the ship named after someone you served with," said Chief Petty Officer David Hendricks.
He served with Murphy on the Navy SEAL's Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One.
"He’s just a humble, good guy. He really took care of his people," said Hendricks.
In early 2005, Murphy was deployed to Afghanistan.
He was killed that June when the Taliban surrounded his platoon.
Murphy exposed himself to enemy fire to send a signal for help.
He died that day, along with 17 others.
"It's a homecoming for him. He's going back to where he was stationed and where he served," said Hendricks.
As the crew of the USS Michael Murphy settles in to their new home, his story is on their minds, while a homecoming is in their hearts.
"A lot of aloha around. A lot of aloha. It's good to be home," said sailor Reggie Flores, who is from Waipahu.
"He always wanted for me to be at the pier waiting for him and I'm so excited I got to do that this time," said his beaming girlfriend Leslie Ann Mendoza.
"You look just like him! 42 years ago, I was up there and he was down here, so we've come full circle," said Raymond Navarro, pointing to the deck of the ship.
"Well, my dad’s home now," chirps little Logan, as the Veach family head home for the day.
It is all part of the U.S. commitment to shift military resources to the Pacific to build operations.
The USS Michael Murphy will deploy periodically to assist the U.S. 7th fleet.
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