The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Suva, Fiji, for a routine port visit on January 27, 2017.
Ship visits provide excellent opportunities for the United States and Pacific Island nations to strengthen security cooperation and help to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for the region. While in Suva, the crew hosted a welcome reception on board the ship, participated in community relations events and played a soccer match with a local team.
The ship and crew of more than 300 sailors departed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on January 13 for a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. While in the Pacific, the USS Michael Murphy will conduct Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) activities in support of Pacific Island nations’ maritime law enforcement operations.
A detachment from U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team based in San Diego will also join the USS Michael Murphy deployment to participate in these activities with a key focus on supporting enforcement of U.S. and Pacific Island nations’ fisheries laws.
This ship is ccommanded by Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr. Commissioned October 6, 2012, the vessel is named after Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, June 28, 2005. Murphy was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan and was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.