January 27, 2017 10:29 am

US warship in Suva to strengthen cooperation and play soccer

The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Suva this morning on a routine port visit.

The United States embassy in Suva said the visit provided opportunities to strengthen security cooperation and ensure a safer future for the region.

In Suva, the crew will host a welcome reception on board the ship, participate in community relations events and play in a soccer match with a local team.

The USS Murphy in Suva this morning. Photo by Fijivillage.
The USS Murphy in Suva this morning. Photo by Fijivillage.

The ship and crew of more than 300 sailors departed from Pearl Harbour on January 13 and is commanded by Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr.

Commissioned October 6, 2012, the vessel is named after Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, June 28, 2005.

Murphy was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan and was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.