NEW YORK (AP) — In a ceremony that was more joyful than solemn, the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Michael Murphy, a sleek new warship named for a Navy SEAL from New York who died in Afghanistan at age 29.
Cannons boomed, dignitaries spoke of heroism, and nearly 300 sailors charged up a ramp while a band played "Anchors Away" as the destroyer sprang to life in a ceremony Saturday in New York Harbor.
Murphy was a Navy lieutenant who grew up in Patchogue, N.Y.
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during a 2005 ambush.
Military officials say that after his four-man team was surrounded, Murphy exposed himself to enemy fire so he could radio a base for help. He died in the attack.