What is a Teammate?
This past Saturday, October 6, the United States Navy commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), at pier 88 in Manhattan, New York City. This ship honors Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, a New York native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, June 28, 2005.
Among other distinguished guests, in attendance for the commissioning ceremony were the Mayor of New York City, the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert. Also present was Adm. William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command. It was Adm. McRaven’s four-minute remarks during the ceremony that stood out to me, and is the subject of this post.
“Michael Murphy represents all that is good about our special operations warrior. And, to have a fine fighting ship named after him is the highest compliment one could’ve paid to Murph, and all the SOF soldiers and SEALs who perished that fateful day,” Adm. McRaven said. “In the SEAL teams, the greatest compliment one SEAL can bestow upon another is to call him a teammate. It’s a simple term, but it conveys everything about how we live, how we fight, and sometimes how we die,” Adm. McRaven said.
What is a teammate? Watch the video below, and let Admiral William McRaven define it for you.
The following video is a combination tribute to Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy and remarks by Adm. McRaven from the ship’s commissioning. Unfortunately, I was unable to embed the raw video from his speech. But, you can find the original video HERE. But, the video I am presenting here is quite touching. Adm. McRaven’s remarks, along with the music and images in the video, make it perfect for this post.
Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy lived, fought and died a teammate to his shipmates; a teammate to the end.
To the crew of the Michael Murphy, you have a legacy to uphold. Murph would expect anything bearing his name to be battle-ready at all times; to go in harm’s way when the Nation calls, and to bond together as teammates, knowing that it’s not the metal in the ship that makes you strong, it’s the hearts and souls of her crew that make her invincible. To the officers and crew of the USS Michael Murphy, may Michael’s spirit steady your resolve and guide your every deed.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112)
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