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With a statue by Natan Rapoport depicting a soldier carrying a World War II concentration camp survivor in the foreground, the USS Michael Murphy, a new Navy destroyer named after a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan, chugs near the Verrazano Bridge, back, along the Hudson River, as seen from Liberty State Park, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. Lt. Michael P. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat as leader of a four-man reconnaissance team in Afghanistan. The guided-missile destroyer is designed to counter threats from the air and sea, and from aircraft, ships and submarines

Navy commissions destroyer named after NY SEAL

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.

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