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NEWS | Nov. 24, 2014

USS Michael Murphy Learns About the Local Culture in Kota Kinabalu

By Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class Ryan Harris USS Michael Murphy Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Nov. 21 for the ship's first international port visit of its maiden deployment.

The ship's crew of approximately 300 sailors will conduct community relations projects and visit some of the many cultural attractions offered in Eastern Malaysia during the port visit.

"Both the people of Malaysia and our hosts from the Royal Malaysian navy have welcomed us with open arms," said Cmdr. Todd Hutchison, Michael Murphy's commanding officer. "It's truly a pleasure to strengthen our partnership with Malaysia while at the same time allowing the crew to get some well-deserved rest, and see what Kota Kinabalu has to offer."

While in Kota Kinabalu, the ship's crew will participate in a beach cleanup project with the children of a local orphanage. Other opportunities provided through Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will include climbing Mt. Kinabalu, a towering landmark in Southeast Asia, and whitewater rafting down the Padas Gorge. Other events to experience the local food and culture of the area will also be offered.

In addition, a local delegation from the Royal Malaysian navy will tour Michael Murphy.

"The opportunity to see foreign countries and experience new cultures is one of the things that inspired me to join the Navy," said Seaman Michael Escobar. "Everyone is very excited about Kota Kinabalu and all of the amazing things it offers."

Michael Murphy is named in honor of Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valorous service during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005.

Michael Murphy is on deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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