NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Navy’s newest destroyer named after a fallen Navy SEAL from Long Island has arrived in Hawaii.
The USS Michael Murphy, which was commissioned in October, was greeted by hundreds of people, including 30 Navy SEALs, hula dancers and a brass band, as it arrived in Pearl Harbor Wednesday.
The 510-foot battleship is named after Lt. Michael Murphy of Patchogue.
Murphy was the first American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Afghanistan War.
After a 2005 ambush in a mountainous region, a wounded Murphy was credited with risking his own life by moving into the open for a better position to transmit a call for help.
After a two-hour gunfight, Murphy and two fellow SEALs were dead. Eight other Navy SEALs and eight members of the Army’s elite Night Stalkers were then killed when their helicopter was shot down.
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