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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2012, 21:23:36 PM »
Hopefully the legacy of Ernest J King's Admiralty will be duly noted in this consideration. A King in any fleet is a true credit.I am proud to have served on such a marvelous vessel. She drove like a dream, and I'm sure she still does today..!

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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008, 13:08:29 PM »
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Story Number: NNS080507-13
Release Date: 5/7/2008 2:39:00 PM

 

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Kevin S. O’Brien, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Public Affairs

LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter announced on May 7 at a ceremony in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., the name of the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be USS Michael Murphy. Designated as DDG 112, the name honors Lt. Michael Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wing, in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

"Michael Murphy's name which will be forever synonymous with astonishing courage under fire will now be associated with one of the U.S. Navy's most technologically advanced, most powerful and most capable warships," Winter said.

Michael Murphy's hometown of Patchogue, N.Y. held a dedication ceremony memorializing a park bearing Murphy's name. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park contains a black granite wall dedicated to the men lost in Operation Red Wing with each member's name inscribed. In the center of the memorial, a black granite stone is embedded into the floor of the plaza bearing the picture of Murphy and his Medal of Honor.

A Navy SEAL, Murphy lead a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position.

Mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire, Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. While being shot at repeatedly, Murphy calmly provided his unit's location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds.

"Every Sailor who crosses the brow, every Sailor who hears the officer of the deck announce the arrival of the commanding officer, and every Sailor who enters a foreign land representing our great nation will do so as an honored member of USS Michael Murphy," Winter said.

USS Michael Murphy will be one of the U.S. Navy's most advanced, state-of-the-art warships in the fleet. With the combination of Aegis, the vertical launching system, and advanced anti-submarine warfare system, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Arleigh Burke-class continues the revolution at sea.

Utilizing a gas turbine propulsion system, USS Michael Murphy will be able to operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.

USS Michael Murphy will be the 62nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is 509.5 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, displaces approximately 9,200 tons, has a crew size of 323 (23 officers and 300 enlisted) and she will make speed in excess of 30 knots.
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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008, 14:05:53 PM »
From the US Navy Website:

LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter announced on May 7 at a ceremony in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., the name of the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be USS Michael Murphy. Designated as DDG 112, the name honors Lt. Michael Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wing, in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

That is the 62nd and final Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer. Currently there are no Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers contracted that aren't already named. The next ships will be the Zumwalt Class (formerly known as the DDX project). The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is not due to join the fleet until 2013. The second ship of the class, DDG-1001 has not been named, but has been authorized for construction by the Navy.

There is also a CGX project in the pipeline, but it is far from being authorized.

I plan on continuing to ask the secretary of the Navy to have another "King of the Fleet" no matter how many ships they decide to build. USS King (DDG-1001) sounds good to me too! I hope you will all join me in this effort.

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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2007, 06:58:04 AM »
They've named 2 more ships - USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) and USS Spruance (DDG-111).

This means there's only 1 un-named Arleigh Burke ship left!!! We need to put the pressure on if we're going to make this work. I don't think we have much time left, so we need to move FAST!!!

Please write letters to the SECNAV and CNO. I'm putting more letters in the mail TODAY!!

Without your help, this won't happen, so please write your letters today.

Click on the below link for the Ship Naming Information, who to write to and a sample letter:

http://www.uss-king.com/king-2.shtml
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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2007, 06:04:26 AM »
They announced the name of another Burke Class Destroyer yesterday - The USS Dunham (DDG-109), named after Medal of Honor recipient CPL Jason Dunham, USMC.

This leaves only 3 Arleigh Burke hulls remaining un-named. We really need to put the push on to write more letters. If you haven't sent a letter to the SECNAV or CNO, please do. If you have sent one, send another one! Their addresses are here: http://uss-king.com/smf/index.php?topic=33.0

The next class of warships (Zumwalt Class) will not see service until 2012 or later, so don't hold out for them!
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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2006, 18:51:00 PM »
I'm not giving up yet! I'm going to keep hounding the SECNAV and CNO. We still have time and I think we have as good a chance as any. The thing we have to remember is that if the SECNAV and CNO forget about our efforts, we have no chance. I don't intend on letting that happen.
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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2006, 17:58:00 PM »
Thanks Mark for the update!  From what you state it sounds like a 50/50 chance another "King" name could be used with the remaining ships left.  I guess we should not be encouraged it will happen and if it happens then we can all shout in jubilation.  In 2012 I suspect another man will hold the office of Secretary of the Navy and we may have a better chance then.  I just hate to have to wait until then to try all over again convincing someone.  Thanks for all the efforts!

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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006, 14:51:10 PM »
The only responses we've received so far have been polite letters from the Secretary of the Navy and the CNO. Basically they acknowledge Fleet Admiral King's contribution to the Navy, but there are more names for ships than there are ships to be named. They also said they would give it all due consideration the when names are chosen.

Currently there are 5 un-named Arleigh Burke Destroyers (DDG-108 through 112). They also formally announced that the next class of Destroyers will be the Zumwalt Class (DDG-1000). DDG-1000 is scheduled for delivery in 2012, which means there will be no more Arleigh Burke Destroyers after DDG-112.
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Re: USS King Naming Project
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 21:23:14 PM »
Just wondering what the status is with the naming. Has anyone heard anything from the Secretary of the Navy about this? How many more ships are left that are free to be named?

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USS King Naming Project
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2006, 14:13:23 PM »
We're in the process of trying to get an Arleigh Burke class DDG named after ADM Ernest J. King. A recent article in a newspaper near ADM King's home town has highlighted our effort:

http://www.chroniclet.com/2006_Archive/03-06-06/Daily Pages/Front/Html/Head2.html

They have even gotten the Lorain-Admiral King High School on board to help! Basically what we need to do is write letters to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations. The Secretary of the Navy is the one who makes the final decision and the more letters he gets, the more likely we'll see another King on the high seas.

We are also enlisting the help of ADM King's Granddaughter. She's going to try to get her siblings to contribute as well.
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