Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Oct 21, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement on the October 8, 2016 commissioning ceremony for the USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26):

“It has been six years since the passing of my dear friend and mentor, former Congressman John P. Murtha. This past weekend, his life and service was honored with the commissioning of the USS John P. Murtha at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

“Congressman Murtha’s mission was to make a difference around the world. He was an honored Marine, a husband and father, and a public servant. He always stood, both literally and figuratively, taller than his peers in courage, honor, dignity, and service to others. He was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal, the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

“His accomplishments in the armed forces were also paralleled with his distinguished service for the constituents of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974-2010, John Murtha was the longest serving Congressman from Pennsylvania, and served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense.

“During his time in Congress, he stood as a champion for our men and women serving in the military. He took a personal interest in the needs of our front line troops and was a staunch advocate for providing our service members with the very best equipment and hardware. He worked tirelessly to ensure our armed services were provided with the resources necessary to remain the greatest military force in the world.

“The 10th San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship in the Navy, the USS John P. Murtha was originally launched on October 30, 2014, christened on March 21, 2015, delivered to the US Navy on May 13, 2016, and formally commissioned as the USS John P. Murtha on October 8, 2016. Much like our great nation, the ship boasts a diverse crew. The ship’s crewmembers represent 50 states and US territories. Approximately 21% of the 400 sailors on the ship are women, and the crew includes immigrants from 16 foreign countries.

“The USS John P. Murtha serves as a reminder of the former Congressman’s mission, and advice on how we should all live our lives: that we should all strive to make a positive difference in the world.”