The newest warship to be commissioned in the Navy will be named for Navy SEAL Michael Murphy. It will be commissioned in New York October 6, 2012.
The 510 foot warship will bear the name of the Navy SEAL who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2005. He and fellow servicemen were ambushed. Michael Murphy, under heavy fire, moved to a better position to call for help. Michael Murphy was killed with 16 rescuers. The Navy lieutenant became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Afghanistan War.
The signatures of Murphy's family will be engraved on a plate fastened to the ship: