DEEDS NOT WORDS
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO was formed at the outbreak of the Korean conflict and conducted its first deployment to the Mediterranean in 1951-1952. From September 1953 to March 1954, the Squadron sailed over 44,000 miles completing an around-the-world operational cruise. Throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO operated in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean, the Great Lakes, and the Pacific, including participation in the Cuban Blockade and action on the gun line during the Vietnam Conflict.
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed to the Mediterranean in 1979, 1980 and 1982. During the 1982 Mediterranean Deployment, the Squadron was assigned escort duties during the PLO evacuation from Lebanon. In 1983, during the Squadron’s Mediterranean/Indian Ocean deployment, the Squadron was assigned to the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. The Squadron made four more deployments in 1985, 1986, 1987, and again in 1988.
In 1990, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed as part of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group to the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In 1991, Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO became Red Sea Maritime Interception Forces (MIF) Commander for operations in the Red Sea enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq. The Squadron conducted three additional MIF assignments in 1991 and 1992.
In 1993 and 1995, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, again as part of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group. Upon returning from deployment, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed to Haiti twice for Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) as the MIO Commander for OPERATION SUPPORT DEMOCRACY. In 1998, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO again deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas as part of the USS JOHN C. STENNIS Battle Group. Again in June 2000, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO returned to the Mediterranean as part of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Battle Group. During this deployment, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO ships provided on-scene support to USS COLE (DDG 67) following a terrorist attack in Aden, Yemen as part of OPERATION DETERMINED RESPONSE. Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO returned to the Mediterranean as part of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Battle Group. During this deployment, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO ships provided on-scene support to USS COLE (DDG 67) following a terrorist attack in Aden, Yemen as part of OPERATION DETERMINED RESPONSE.
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed in December, 2002 as part of the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Battle Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. The first half of the deployment was concentrated in the area of 6th fleet operations. CDS 22 and DESRON 22 ships conducted STROG escorts, Maritime Interdiction Operations and prepped the battle space for possible conflict with Iraq-Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). When Diplomatic efforts stalled over the approval of Turkish land over flight for Tomahawk missiles; CDS 22 was directed to embark USS Donald Cook and assume duties as CTG 55.6 in the Red Sea. Tasked to move 5 surface combatants (USS Donald Cook, USS Arliegh Burke, USS Deyo, USS San Jacinto, and USS Porter) and escort 6 submarines to the Red Sea. Upon arrival Red Sea, TG 55.6 was joined by 3 additional surface combatants (USS Briscoe, USS Fletcher, and USS O'Kane) and 4 additional submarines. Units assigned to TG 55.6 and submarines conducted Strike Missions in support of OIF; launching approximately 350 TLAMS from the Red Sea. Once again when Diplomatic efforts stalled over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over flight, CDS 22/CTG 55.6 was directed to proceed to Northern Arabian Gulf, were units continued Strike operations in support of OIF. CDS 22 and DESRON 22 ships are currently inport Norfolk, Virginia conducting post deployment leave and upkeep. COMDESRON 22 is the Immediate Superior in Command of six ships including: five ARLEIGH BURKE Class Guided Missile Destroyers, and one OLIVER HAZARD PERRY Class Guided Missile Frigate.