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Michael Murphy (DDG 112) Christening

Our latest destroyer, DDG 112, was christened MICHAEL MURPHY on Saturday May 7, 2011, in front of a standing-room-only audience of 3,000 guests. Above you see the bottlebreak by the Ship Sponsor, Maureen Murphy, mother of LT Michael Murphy.

Read or download our christening brochure  in PDF format.

Michael Murphy's father, Dan (L), his mother Maureen (R) and his Medal of Honor (center)

Maureen Murphy speaks at the ship's mast-stepping ceremony (L); Matron of Honor Eileen Hillicke, Michael Murphy's aunt (center); and Matron of Honor Kathleen Jones (R)

The Color Guard, from the US Navy Sea Cadets of Jason Dunham DDG-109 Division (L); Master of Ceremonies and BIW President Jeff Geiger (center); March-in by the crew of PCU Michael Murphy (DDG 112) (R)

Among our distinguished speakers: Maine Gov. Paul LePage (L); Chief of Naval Operations ADM Gary Roughead, USN (center); ADM Eric Olson, USN, representing the special warfare community (R)

Senator Olympia Snowe (L); Rep. Mike Michaud (center); and Rep. Chellie Pingree (R) all spoke of their pride in the Navy, Bath Iron Works, and the daring deeds of the SEALs

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley is a regular attendee at our christenings (L); Success! (center); Sponsor-in-Training Maureen Murphy checks out the christening platform (R)

Platform guests gather in front of the ship sign (L); Ceremonies end with cutting of the ship's christening cake with a Navy sword (R)

See a larger collection of images HERE after August 1, 2011.