The US Navy will christen its new guided missile destroyer, Michael Murphy, on 7 May 2011, at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Maine, US.

Designated DDG 112, Michael Murphy is the 62nd Arleigh Burke Class destroyer that is being developed to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.

The 509ft-long, 9,200t ship is powered by four gas turbine engines and can cruise at a speed of 30kt and will be capable of simultaneously performing air, surface and subsurface missions.

The ship will enter service with a crew of 279 officers and enlisted personnel, and will be equipped with offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.

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