USS Michael Murphy Supports Maritime Interdiction Operations

July 31, 2019 – While conducting routine operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations an MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, embarked aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), sighted a low profile vessel on July 25. As the helicopter approached the craft, a hatch opened on the top of the vessel and three passengers were seen jettisoning objects from the boat. Assisted by vectoring from helicopter, Michael Murphy’s interceptor boat collected the jettisoned items and approached alongside the low-profile vessel.…

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Thirteen Nations Complete the Pacific Phase of UNITAS LX

July 9, 2019 – Since arriving in Chile, more than 1,700 personnel from 13 nations have collaborated and participated in UNITAS, the world’s longest running multinational maritime exercise, from June 24 – July 3. Chile served as the host nation, and was joined by naval forces from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States for the Pacific phase of UNITAS LX (60). For 60 years, the United States has built upon commonalities and increased capabilities within the Western Hemisphere…

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US & Chilean Navies Partner for Teamwork South 2019

July 9, 2019 – U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) and Chilean maritime forces partner for exercise Teamwork South 2019 off the Chilean coast July 5. Teamwork South is a biennial Chilean naval exercise that focuses on conducting training scenarios in intermediate and advanced anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare operations. Chilean Rear Adm. Yerko Marcic Conley will command this year’s exercise. U.S. forces participating in the exercise will be commanded by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Donald Gabrielson, and include USS Michael Murphy (DDG…

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US 4th Fleet and Partner Nations Will Unite for Exercise UNITAS

June 20, 2019 – Chile will host maritime forces from 12 countries to participate in exercise UNITAS LX (60) Pacific from June 24 – July 3. Joining the U.S. and Chile this year are 11 countries including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. This year’s exercise will include 10 warships that will conduct maritime maneuvering operations in the Pacific Ocean through July 2. U.S. forces participating in UNITAS this year are USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), Mobile Diving and Salvage…

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USS Michael Murphy Visits Papua New Guinea Ahead of APEC 2018

October 7, 2018 – USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 6. As the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Port Moresby since USS Comstock (LSD 45) in 2017, Michael Murphy arrives as the nation prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit for the first time in Nov. 2018. Port visits like this strengthen the U.S. Navy’s relationship with the maritime forces of Papua New Guinea. The port visit also follows Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s recent trip to…

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HMAS Sirius Prepares for Exercise KAKADU with USS Michael Murphy

August 31, 2018 – HMAS Sirius achieved an important milestone recently when she successfully completed Replenishment at Sea (RAS) number 576 by supplying fuel to Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Michael Murphy during her transit to Exercise KAKADU 2018. There were no RAS approaches required by Michael Murphy’s command team which is testament to the ship’s excellent handling skills and confidence demonstrated by her bridge team. The approach is an inherently dangerous period for both ships involved, and the excitement on the bridge was palpable as the ships came to within…

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USS Michael Murphy & a P-8A Taking Part in Exercise Kakadu

August 30, 2018 – USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft joined opening ceremonies for Exercise Kakadu in Darwin, Aug. 31. Hosted biennially by the Royal Australian Navy, Kakadu is a key multilateral exercise that brings many regional navies together to train and cooperate at sea. This year, Kakadu includes 23 ships and submarines, 21 aircraft and more than 3,000 personnel and observers from 27 nations. Michael Murphy and the P-8A from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 will participate in all phases of the…

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Coast Guard, Navy complete joint OMSI patrol in Pacific Ocean

The US Coast Guard and Navy completed a 24-day joint mission in the Western and Central Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security, Wednesday. A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific embarked USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and conducted 12 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure team and law enforcement shipriders from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. All boardings…

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USS Michael Murphy returns home from deployment

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) returned to Pearl Harbor, April 18, after a three-month deployment to the Western Pacific with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. During the deployment, the strike group conducted routine operations in the Indo-Pacific that helped maintain security and stability in the region. Michael Murphy also completed a joint Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) patrol with the U.S. Coast Guard. “The crew demonstrated outstanding readiness, watchstanding and navigational skill,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “I am very pleased with what we accomplished as…

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Michael Murphy Begins Joint Patrols in Oceanic Region

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and the U.S. Coast Guard began joint maritime security patrols designed to reduce and eliminate illegal fishing in the Western Pacific, March 26. The guided-missile destroyer and embarked Coast Guard personnel began a mission called the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a U.S. Defense Department program aimed to suppress illicit activities on the high seas. The efforts are concentrated in the exclusive economic zones for the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania.  “This will be Michael Murphy’s third OMSI patrol following previous events in 2014 and…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group, JMSDF complete exercise

The Carl Vinson Strike Group completed a bilateral exercise in the Western Pacific with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 23. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted combined operations with Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) in the South China Sea and waters near Okinawa, Japan. The operations began March 11 and included a series of training drills and Sailor-to-Sailor exchanges designed to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “I thought it was really cool to have…

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Vendémiaire Conducts South China Sea Patrol

Google Translation Deployed for nearly two months in Asia with the aim of asserting the French presence in the Pacific, reinforce the naval cooperation with the riparian and allied marines, and provide France with a capacity of autonomous appreciation of situation in the area, the frigate surveillance Vendémiaire conducted a patrol in the South China Sea. The surveillance frigate thus begins a new phase of its mission, to affirm the principles of freedom of movement at sea and in the air, in accordance with international law, in a highly contested…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Completes Manila Port Call

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Manila February 20 after a four-day port call. More than 5,500 Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived Feb. 16 to visit local attractions and participate in community service projects. Crew members assisted residents of Quezon City by helping clear debris at a site for low-income housing. “Community service projects like these help build relationships,” said Cmdr. Jamie Stall-Ryan, Carl Vinson’s lead chaplain. “It shows that Sailors are not just in town to…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group arrives in Manila for port visit

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Manila, Feb. 16, for a routine port visit during a Western Pacific deployment. More than 5,500 Sailors from both vessels will visit local attractions and participate in community service projects while in the Philippine capital. “We are just very thankful for the support we have from the Philippine government and the Philippine people,” said Fuller. “We have a longstanding relationship and we want to continue to build on that.” The strike group is operating in the Indo-Pacific…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Guam, Feb. 3, following a three-day port visit to the island during its Western Pacific deployment.  Nearly 6,000 Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed after arriving Jan. 30-31. Sailors participated in organized tours including dolphin watching, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and boat cruises. Crew members also enjoyed local restaurants, beaches and retail stores. “This was my first time in Guam and I really enjoyed relaxing…

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