SAN DIEGO—(SBN)— Cmdr. Joseph D. Murphy III, has served as commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron THREE FIVE (HSM 35) in San Diego, Calif., for the past 15 months. He was relieved by Cmdr. Aric H. Edmondsonon, May 23, 2018, in a change of command ceremony on Naval Base Coronado.
Cmdr. Murphy is a native of West Deptford, New Jersey. He graduated with high honors from Rutgers University in May of 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In January of 1999, he graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy. Additionally, in 2004 Cmdr. Murphy attended the Naval Post Graduate School’s distance learning program and earned a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration and in January of 2009, he was selected to attend the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, in Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he earned his Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.
Since joining the Navy, Cmdr. Murphy has served at sea with the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR SEVEN (HSL 47) in North Island, Calif., where he deployed with Detachment THREE onboard USS Fife (DD 991) and with Detachment TWO as the maintenance officer on USS Shoup (DDG 86). Cmdr. Murphy also served as assistant air operations officer on USS Bataan (LHD 5), homeported in Naval Station Norfolk, Va. In 2010, Cmdr. Murphy reported to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light THREE SEVEN (HSL 37) at Marine Corp Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he served as the officer in charge of Detachment FIVE onboard USS Port Royal (CG 73), where he deployed to the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation New Dawn. Ashore, he has served as an operational test director for the MH-60R/S and the naval tactics techniques and procedures model manager for the HSL/HSM community at the “Pioneers” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX 1) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Cmdr. Murphy also served as the Joint Warfare Analysis Center’s (JWAC) liaison officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. Prior to taking command, Cmdr. Murphy served as HSM 35’s executive officer. During his time as executive officer, four detachments successfully deployed.
HSM 35 is comprised of 263 and 12 aircraft. HSM 35’s mission is to provide expeditionary combat-ready MH-60R detachments for deployment onboard aviation capable ships as part of deployed naval forces.
Cmdr. Murphy’s next assignment will be on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as an executive assistant in the Integrated Warfare Directorate in Arlington, VA.
Other Hometown Military News Items
NORFOLK, VA—(SBN)—Senior Chief Operations Specialist Shaun Grabowiecki, from New York, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) operations department, from New York City, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), receives his frocking letter from Capt. Richard McCormack, Ford’s commanding officer, and Command Master Chief Laura Nunley, Ford’s command master chief, during a senior chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay. Ford had 14 chief petty officers selected to the rank of senior chief petty officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor D. Loessin)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA —(SBN)—Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Mario Chambergo, from North Plainfield, New Jersey, pipes a boatswain’s pipe aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) June 12, 2018. Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks / Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA —(SBN)—A Navy Hospital Corpsman evaluates Operations Specialist Seaman Jonny Ramirez (right), from New York, during a medical check-up aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) June 12, 2018. Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks / Released)
NORFOLK, VA—(SBN)—Newark Native Serves at Naval Station Norfolk: Petty Officer 2nd Class Danyiel White, from Newark, N.J., currently serves aboard USS Lewis B. Puller homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world. White has served in the Navy for 6 years and works as an aviation ordnanceman that is responsible for maintenance and handling of ordinance. “I love my job,” said White. “Everything about it is great. The bombs, the rush, I just love everything about it.” (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tom Gagnier)
NORFOLK, VA—(SBN)—Petty Officer 3rd Class Fernando Ruiz, from Camden, N.J., currently serves aboard USS Winston S. Churchill, a destroyer homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world. Ruiz has served in the Navy for 2 years and works as a gunner’s mate that is responsible for maintenance and operation of small arms aboard the ship and the vertical launching systems. “The Navy has taught me to treat everyone as equals,” said Ruiz. “No matter anyone’s background we are all the same.”
NORFOLK, VA—(SBN)—Petty Officer 1st Class Magnolia Dun, from Willingboro, N.J., currently serves aboard USS Leyte Gulf, a cruiser homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world. Dun has served in the Navy for 13 years and works as a operations specialist that is responsible for tracking and reporting targets. “The Navy has taught me selflessness,” said Dun. “It’s important to build up others which makes you a better citizen and person.”
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