US Navy christens guided-missile destroyer ‘Michael Murphy’


The US Navy christened its newest guided-missile destroyer, pre-commissioning unit 'Michael Murphy' (DDG 112), during a morning ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine on May 7.

Designated DDG 112, 'Michael Murphy', the 62nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. 'Michael Murphy' will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.

The 9,200-tonne 'Michael Murphy' is being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. The ship is 155 metres in length, has a waterline beam of 18 metres, and a navigational draft of 9.5 metres. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

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