USS Michael Murphy holds change of command

Cmdr. Kevin T. Lewis, incoming commanding officer, speaks during the USS Michael Murphy change of command, Aug. 30. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz

Ensign Kasey Landry

USS Michael Murphy Public Affairs

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) held a change of command ceremony at Pier B15 on Aug. 30. The ceremony marked the passage of command from Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr. to Cmdr. Kevin T. Louis.

Heely, the ship’s fourth commanding officer, assumed command of USS Michael Murphy in March of 2016. During his time in command, the ship’s more than 300 crewmembers excelled in the completion of the new time-based basic phase, earning the ship an above fleet average score during the board of inspection and survey. He also led the crew through training exercises with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Michael Murphy’s second deployment to the western Pacific. For his next tour, Heely will serve as Destroyer Branch Head at the OPNAV (Office of the Chief of Naval Operations) Surface Warfare Directorate (N96) in Arlington, Virginia.

“This tour as captain of Michael Murphy has been the thrill of a lifetime and that’s because of the crew,” Heely said. “A ship is only as good as its crew and this was a great team. Through a grueling schedule, their work was always bigger than any one person. They were resilient and took pride ownership to another level. They inspired me each day as they carried on the legacy of our namesake Lt. Michael Murphy. I was proud to be their team-mate.”

Louis, Michael Murphy’s prospective commanding officer, has served as the ship’s executive officer for the past year and a half. His previous at-sea assignments include USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS O’Kane (DDG 77), and his time ashore includes tours with the Office of Naval Intelligence, PERS-41, and Surface Warfare Officers School.

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