USS Michael Murphy to hold third change of command today

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Sean Furey

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Sean Furey

Ensign Kelly Lorentson

USS Michael Murphy Public Affairs Officer

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony at Pier M3 today at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The ceremony will mark the passage of command from Cmdr. Todd E. Hutchison to Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr.

Hutchison, the ship’s third commanding officer, assumed command of USS Michael Murphy in September of 2014. During his time in command, the ship’s more than 300 crewmembers excelled during its maiden deployment to 7th Fleet, completed a CNO Availability, and began the Training Cycle in preparation for the ship’s next deployment. For his next tour, Hutchison will serve as director for the Command At Sea Department (N75) at the Surface Warfare Officer’s School in Newport, Rhode Island.

“It’s been the greatest honor of my career to have been a part of Team Murphy, where I have had the privilege of working alongside many of the most dedicated, professional, and motivated sailors in the United States Navy,” said Hutchison. “They have inspired me each and every day, and I will never be able to thank them — and their families — enough for what they’ve sacrificed to ensure we were always ready to lead the fight.”

Heely, 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 Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Sampson (DDG 102), and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), while most of his time ashore has been spent in the Washington, D.C. area.

USS Michael Murphy, commissioned in New York City in October, 2012, is named after Medal of Honor recipient Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy. Murphy was killed in action leading his SEAL element in the mountains of Afghanistan during Operation RED WINGS in June 2005.

Editor’s note: See next week’s Ho‘okele for photos from the USS Michael Murphy change of command ceremony.

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