Skip to comments.The Navy's Newest Guided Missile Destroyer Is A Deadly Beauty
Posted on 10/06/2012 2:14:18 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer class warship, the 510-foot USS Michael Murphy, recently laid anchor at New York City's Pier 88 for its commissioning ceremony.
On Saturday, the ship will participate in a long standing naval tradition, the commissioning ceremony, which marks the moment a new ship is formally placed in active service. Of course, we will be there tomorrow to cover the action. The US Navy will also be live streaming the event.
The new ship consists of a crew of 290 well-trained Navy service-men and -women led by Commander Thomas E. Shultz. The ship is named after Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, who risked and lost his own life in 2005 in an effort to call for aid for his men and himself after being ambushed by over 50 anti-coalition militia fighters in Afghanistan.
Lt. Murphy and his team were doing reconnaissance as part of Operation Red Wing, 3 members of the 4 person team, including Lt. Murphy, died in an intense firefight, and an additional 8 Navy SEALs and 8 Army Stalkers died when their helicopter was shot down as they rushed to the aid of Lt. Murphy and his team. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell was the lone survivor of the mission.
While ships are usually named for cities or states or famous and notable Americans, this ship was named after Murphy because of the bravery and commitment to others he displayed in the 2005 mission.
The ship relies on the Aegis Combat System and is capable of multi-mission, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Anti-Surface Warfare. It is a deadly beauty.
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I saw this one under construction at the Bath Iron Works when I took a tour. Beautiful vessels.
I read an interesting article recently about the Japanese versions of the Arleigh Burke class they are building there, and while they appear nearly identical, they said they were built to a “maritime” standard to save money, so they might be more susceptible to battle damage.
Lovely and capable vessels in any case...
There is a longstanding Navy tradition of naming destroyers after servicemen who earned the MoH. Cruisers and now attack subs are named after cities.
It used to be that you’d hear a vessels name and you knew instantly what type of ship. Much more difficult now.
Contrast the young people who serve in our Armed Forces with those you usually see at a typical occupy movement rally...
Things that (really don’t) make you go hmmmmmm.
Its been awhile since I toured a commissioned warship, so I hadn’t seen the new 25mm cannon. Looks nasty.
Fair winds and following seas! She’s got a great name which gives her a great start.
Thanks for the pic, tomkat. Really awesome!!!
..if anything gets inside the CIWS, I doubt chaff and flares is gonna help a whole lot...
Years ago I did an EMC RF survey on board the fairly new USS Valley Forge off San Diego. Some ot the senior chiefs were telling us of when the ship was new how upset they were after it got the first scratches.
They sounded like guys talking about their first new car they were so proud.
Oh yeah, I really want one of those 25mm remote guns. If someone else will pay for the ammo.........
Found it on Wiki, of all places !
Love the size of the flag flying in the underway wind !
RIP Lt. Murphy . . .
Never hurts to use everything at your disposal...depending on how the missile is guided, chaff or flares are worth a shot, when you consider the cost. Cheap as hell, maybe only 30% effective, but...never hurts to try!
Yep. Look at the side by side photos of Barack Obama and Allen West (or Netanyahu) at the same age earlier in their lives.
As an Air Force vet I must admit that this ship sends a tingle up my leg.
point well taken, but if one is trying to stop a hypersonic cruise missile (or similar) there may be but seconds, or fractions of seconds, from the time CIWS is ineffective, and an impact.
Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs
February 29, 2008 :: News
A video has surfaced of Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama talking on his plans for strategic issues such as nuclear weapons and missile defense.
The full text from the video, as released, reads as follows:
Thanks so much for the Caucus4Priorities, for the great work you've been doing. As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus4Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.
First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.[not win it -etl]
Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.
I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.
I will not weaponize space.
I will slow our development of future combat systems.
And I will institute an independent "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.
Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert [they are NOT on "hair-trigger alert" now -etl], and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.
You know where I stand. I've fought for open, ethical and accountable government my entire public life. I don't switch positions or make promises that can't be kept. I don't posture on defense policy and I don't take money from federal lobbyists for powerful defense contractors. As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people. Thanks so much.
Article: Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs:
"MissileThreat.com is a project of The Claremont Institute devoted to understanding and promoting the requirements for the strategic defense of the United States."
"I will not weaponize space"
"I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems"
2008 Pentagon Report (March 2008):
China's Growing Military Space Power
By Leonard David
Special Correspondent, SPACE.com
March 6, 2008
GOLDEN, Colorado A just-released Pentagon report spotlights a growing U.S. military concern that China is developing a multi- dimensional program to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by its potential adversaries during times of crisis or conflict.
Furthermore, last year's successful test by China of a direct-ascent, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon to destroy its own defunct weather satellite, the report adds, underscores that country's expansion from the land, air, and sea dimensions of the traditional battlefield into the space and cyber-space domains.
Although China's commercial space program has utility for non- military research, that capability demonstrates space launch and control know-how that have direct military application. Even the Chang'e 1 the Chinese lunar probe now circling the Moon is flagged in the report as showcasing China's ability "to conduct complicated space maneuvers a capability which has broad implications for military counterspace operations."
To read the entire publication [29.67MB/pdf], see U.S. Dept of Defense:
Obama: "We Welcome China's Rise"
CBS News ^ | January 19, 2011 | Stephanie Condon
Appeasement: From ObamaCare to recess appointments, honoring the Constitution has not been an administration hallmark. But when it comes to betraying secrets to mollify the Russians, it becomes a document the president hides behind.
It was bad enough that the 2012 defense authorization bill signed by President Obama set America on a downward spiral of military mediocrity.
He also issued a signing statement, something he once opposed, saying that language in the bill aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on the U.S. Standard Missile-3 linchpin of our missile defense might impinge on his constitutional foreign-policy authority.
Section 1227 of the defense law prohibits spending any funds that would be used to give Russian officials access to sensitive missile-defense technology as part of a cooperation agreement without first sending Congress a report identifying the specific secrets, how they'd be used and steps to protect the data from compromise.
The president is required to certify that any technology shared will not be passed on to third parties such as China, North Korea or Iran, that the Russians will not use transferred secrets to develop countermeasures and that the Russians are reciprocating in sharing missile-defense technology.
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Open Mic Catches Obama Asking Medvedev for Space on Missile Defense
March 26, 2012
"In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue.
This is my last election, Obama told Medvedev. After my election I have more flexibility.
I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir, Medvedev said, referring to incoming President Vladimir Putin."
Obama was talking with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev when neither of them realized that their conversation was being picked up by microphones. Here is what they said:
Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but its important for him to give me space.
Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you ...
Obama: This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.
Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility. That statement tells us much about the presidents mindset.
The specific mention of missile defense is worrisome enough. Mr. Obama has retreated from the missile defense plan that was negotiated with European allies during the George W. Bush administration. Apparently, he is signaling Moscow that he intends to retreat further. The clear implication from the presidents comments is that he cannot tell the American people before the election what he plans to do after the election.
In addition, there is the phrase on all these issues, implying more is at stake than just missile defense.
Article: Obama plans double cross on missile defense
When it comes to keeping America safe, we shouldnt be too flexible:
...if anything gets inside the CIWS, I doubt chaff and flares is gonna help a whole lot...
"Maritime" standard is without the "extras" that those giant flat phased arrays can deploy, in addition to radar.
It's very hard to get inside the CIWS of scalar weapons... LOL!
If you look closely at the midships side plating, you can see the small ports for the galley oars... ;-)
(and the drum goes "boom, boom, boom". The Chief Bos'n Mate yells, "Stroke, stroke, stroke")
If you ever get to take a tour of The Bath Iron Works in Maine, do it. There is a superb maritime museum there, and the tour of the shipyard is fascinating.
The modular construction is very cool-they have large sections of the ship they build upside down, because they found it was much more efficient and easier for the shipworkers to bend over and work at their feet than stand on ladders with their arms over their head. They they would turn the pieces over, transport them to where there whole ship was being assembled, and attach it.
When done, they move the entire ship into this floating dry dock below, and take it out into the middle of the Kennebec river, flood it, and...voila, the ship is launched.
Now, I am a purist, and I wish they did it in the traditional fashion, sliding down the ways, but...whattaryagonnado?
Hers is an interesting story...she was a Sumner class, but had the hull number of a Gearing class, as described below:
Bristol's "800" Designation Number
In the early 1940's, the Navy's Bureau of Ships Department originally drew up the designs and ordered 198 Sumner Class Destroyers to be constructed. The Contracts for the construction of these Destroyers were spread out through many of the country's ship building yards. Sometime in approximately 1943, it was decided to modify the basic Sumner Class Destroyer (short hull) blueprint design and add a fourteen foot midsection (long hull) addition to the basic hull design.
This addition was for additional fuel tank capacity which would give the Destroyer an extended operating range. With this modification a new Class of Destroyer was designated which was the Gearing Class Destroyer. At this point in time, it was decided that only seventy Sumner Class Destroyers would be completed. Sumner Class Destroyers range in designations from 692 to 857, and the USS Bristol DD 857 was the last of the Sumner Class Destroyers to be built. At the time when the decision was made to commence the modified construction of the basic Sumner Class hull to the new Gearing Class hull, the Bristol construction was too far along to incorporate the new Gearing Class modification. Because designation numbers had been previously assigned, the hull number of 857 stuck for the Bristol.
Many of the other Sumner Class hulls that were under construction were not far enough along in construction to preclude the fourteen foot modification be incorporated and, as a result, were now being designated as a Gearing Class Destroyer and whatever designation number had been previously assigned for this hull under construction the designations numbers stuck. The Gearing designator numbers range from 710 to 890.
The combined total number of Sumner and Gearing Class Destroyers actually built were 175 of the original 198 ordered. Twenty-three of these originally ordered Destroyers were canceled before they could be constructed. Thus is explained the often asked question about the USS Bristol DD 857 designation number and why it is so far out of sequence with all of the other Sumner Class Destroyers built.
I knew that there were some gaps in the numbering. Thanks for the additional information. Hoel was an Adams-class. It's now being used as a power barge somewhere in South America.
My other ship, USS Harry E. Yarnell (the Hairy Urinal, DLG-17 in my time, later re-designated CG-17), is awaiting scrapping back in Philly.
Somehow, reminders of ships long gone by have a way of making me feel really old.
Holy smokes, I guess, but...who has a hypersonic missile out there now besides possibly us on the drawing boards, and maybe the Russians or Chinese (doubtful)?
I know how you feel, Bob.
A ship is not just a hunk of metal, there is more to it. I saw a book one time that was all about scrapping old warships, and was filled with pictures of ships in various states of desconstuction. I wish to hell I could find it, because it was fascinating.
But, there was on picture that affected me. It was a heavy cruiser being scrapped, can’t remember which, and the bow from the first turret forward had been removed.
It looked to me just like a face that had the nose removed. And it had the same psychological effect on me, too. Interesting.
It is a sad comparison as an American. Israelis can be proud of their leader.
Today is the 69th anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War, by the way. Which Bibi fought in, of course.
Check out my post #31...another Sumner Class Can...in fact, if memory serves, the Ault was sister ship to the US Sumner.
That would be USS Sumner
Classic indeed! I did think they were beautiful vessels...
I knew what you meant...:)
He reported to her as a LTJG in June 1951 at San Diego, CA, they went via the Panama Canal to Newport, RI, where they operated up and down the East coast until April 1952, when they went BACK down to the Panama Canal and on to Korea where he spent four or five months operating in and around Korea. They went into the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, and back to Newport, RI in April 1953.
During that deployment, he had proposed to my mom in a letter, and the wedding date was set for May 9th, 1953. When my dad's ship came in just a couple of weeks before the wedding, and he was able to finally get off and head up to Massachusetts for the wedding that was to take place in the next few days, he realized he had forgotten his dress shoes and the marriage license in his rack after he arrived home.
He drove all the way back to the ship in Newport got his shoes and license, but when he got back up the Massachusetts, he couldn't find the wedding license. He went back down again and went aboard the ship where he scoured the compartment and his rack, to no avail. Crestfallen, he had to go back without the license, but the office was closed for the weekend and he was unable to get another one. Someone he knew pulled a few strings, got the guy to come back in and he got a license, so the wedding went ahead as planned.
In the early Eighties, my mother got a call from South Korea (I think, but not sure) and the guy said they were breaking up a ship for scrap, and they had found a wedding license with her and my dad's name on it. They were breaking up the USS Rooks, and when they were tearing the compartment apart, they found it in a bulkhead. Apparently what had happened, was my dad had got the certificate, put it on his rack, raised the mattress up to get the shoes underneath, and when he did, the license must have slid down a minuscule gap into the bottom of a dark bulkhead where it lay for 30 years until they tore it down. They offered to send it to her, but I think my parents had been going through some tough times at that point, and the last thing on her mind was a piece of paper from her past, so I don't think she had them send it!
I hate the Navy commercials.
A Global Force for Good?
Screw the globe, I care about ONE country only.
I am with you completely on that.
Some of the things I have heard about what is going on in the USN make me want to disown the fact that I served in it, as did my dad.
I have a hard time doing it, though. It is different now, and NOT for the better. But the talking heads won’t say that...they will say it is a “force for good”.
It has ALWAYS been that, but not in the sense those liberal jerk-offs mean it.
That’s amazing...I think I might have shaved this morning with steel from the Ault.
I think you meant the 39th anniversary.
(Full disclosure: I used one up until 1979 or so...:)
I never heard the story of their first date until a couple of years before my Mom passed away. I got my mom to sit down and tell me about her life while I videotaped her for a few hours, and that was where I heard about their first date.
My mom was in Nursing School in Boston, and my dad came to pick her up at her dormitory (women only) for their date, it was some kind of formal. He was in his full formal dress blues with his cover under his arm and a corsage in a box for her. All the other girls were going out to look down at him while he waited below, and my mom said they were whispering "It's a real man!' and stuff like that...:)
Here they are at my brother's graduation at George Dewey High in Subic Bay:
I admit I am biased, but I always thought my parents were an attractive couple...:)
Any man who served on tincans in war is a real man.
(check out the link for a WSJ review of "Neptune's Inferno"...very good. The NYT probably never heard of it.)
If you are interested, both stories are extraordinary.
I apologize...I just realized I was unknowingly trying to hijack your thread.
I DO have a story that involves Michael Murphy indirectly via the book “Lone Survivor”.
I was out in Buffalo a few years back with a bunch of friends, and we got to know a cab driver quite well, so every year we went out, we would always try to get him when in town. We took him out to eat a few times, and he came to a few of our parties. Great, hardworking American guy.
A few years back, I was in the front seat talking with him, and I had just finished reading “Lone Survivor”, and it had impressed me with the nearly biblical moral choices those guys made.
If you made up some kind of reality show and gave a bunch of writers a month or so to think the scenarios up, those writers would likely not have been able to even stumble on them.
The reason we were on the subject was that his 13 year old daughter was stuck on an important book report assignment, and she couldn’t select a book. He was having a tough time helping her. I had just read “Lone Survivor” and suggested she read that and do a report on it.
I haven’t seen the guy since, but via correspondence he said she had read the book, and was drawn into it to such a degree that her book report was the best one received in the class (if I recall correctly)
I thought that was fitting. This daughter of a good, hardworking man had seen in that book something that she and her dad both connected on.
God Bless Michael Murphy for how he lived his life, and how he died.
I think I did. You are correct sir!
That’s awesome. I need to figure out a low-key way to ship that to some black motorcycle types at a current consulting gig. Hmmmm . . .
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