USS Michael Murphy Assists USCG in Fighting Illegal Ops

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) completed the first mission of its maiden deployment by aiding the U.S. Coast Guard in patrolling Pacific waters for illegal fishing and other crimes.

The Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) was conducted during the first two weeks of the Michael Murphy’s deployment. The ship departed her homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Oct. 20 for its first deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean.

Cmdr. Todd Hutchison, Michael Murphy’s commanding officer, said:

The OMSI mission was a great way to start our maiden deployment and provided an excellent opportunity for the crew to immediately begin working on a mission that has a direct, profound impact in the critical Pacific region.

It was an honor sailing with the embarked United States Coast Guard personnel for the OMSI mission.

By embarking foreign law enforcement officers from the Pacific Island Nations of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, and conducting boardings under their authority, Michael Murphy, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 Detachments 4 and the embarked USCG detachment assisted these nations in maintaining the rule of law and projecting their national sovereignty.

During the patrol, Michael Murphy conducted 11 boardings and the embarked aviation detachment flew 24 flights making 27 sightings which provided important information for boardings.

The Michael Murphy is named in honor of Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valorous service during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005. The ship was commissioned in Oct. 2012 in Murphy’s home state of New York.

Michael Murphy is on deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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Press release, Image: US Navy

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