ABOUT US

Mission:  

The mission of Destroyer Squadron Seven (DESRON SEVEN) is to conduct prompt, sustained operations at sea in support of United States national policy and maritime security objectives as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in United States SEVENTH FLEET.
History

Destroyer Squadron SEVEN was first established in September 1920 as a reserve squadron of 15 ships home-ported at Charleston, South Carolina. The squadron was deactivated from July 1922 until April 1939 when it was reorganized in San Diego, California.

In December 1940, the squadron was reformed at Newport, Rhode Island and, until the end of the European War, was actively engaged in escort duties throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Theaters. In May 1945, the squadron was reformed at San Diego, California and operated with Pacific Fleet for the remainder of World War II.

In November 1945, the squadron was deactivated and in January 1946, DESRON SIXTY was re-designated DESRON SEVEN. Ships of the squadron participated in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll and saw extended action during the Korean War, including the invasion of Inchon. During the Vietnam conflict, the squadron again saw action on the Market Time patrol and engaged in the bombardment of North Vietnam.

In January and February 1979, the squadron participated in the evacuation of Americans from Iran. During Operation Desert Storm, COMDESRON SEVEN saw extensive combat action. As the North Arabian Gulf Local Anti-Surface Warfare Commander, COMDESRON SEVEN directed multi-national forces in offensive operations which eliminated the Iraqi Navy.

In May 2004 COMDESRON SEVEN embarked USS RONALD REAGAN, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, to serve as the Sea Combat Commander for the RONALD REAGAN STRIKE GROUP. As Sea Combat Commander the DESRON is responsible to the Strike Group Commander for the overall planning and execution of maritime operations including Surface and Subsurface Warfare, Maritime Interdiction Operations, Mine Warfare, and Force Protection.


Past Commodores of DESRON SEVEN

CAPT K.M. BENNETT – JANUARY 1922
CAPT T.E. VAN METRE – APRIL 1939
CAPT J.L. KAUFFMAN – DECEMBER 1940
CAPT A.G. KIRK – OCTOBER 1941
CAPT F.D. KIRKLAND – DECEMBER 1941
CAPT W.W. WARLICK – JUNE 1942
CDR S. R. CLARK – JUNE 1942
CDR C.L. MENOCAL – JANUARY 1943
CAPT J.W. ADAMS, JR. – JANUARY 1945
CDR T.J. VAN METRE – DECEMBER 1945
CAPT B.R. HARRISON – JANUARY 1946
CAPT E. N. PARKER – MAY 1946
CAPT T. BURROWES – MARCH 1947
CAPT R.E. BRADDY, JR. – MARCH 1948
CAPT E.C. STELTER, JR. – APRIL 1949
CAPT R.E. MARTIN – AUGUST 1949
CDR R. W. MCELRATH – JANUARY 1950
CAPT B. S. SMITH – JULY 1950
CAPT S.R. SMITH – JULY 1951
CAPT R. E. MYERS – JULY 1952
CAPT P.R. ROSS – JULY 1953
CAPT R.C. LYNCH. JR. – SEPTEMBER 1954
CAPT J.A. HEATH – AUGUST 1955
CAPT E.M. BROWN – OCTOBER 1955
CAPT A.A. OVRUM – NOVEMBER 1956
CAPT S.K. SANTMYERS – FEBRUARY 1958
CAPT H.K. NAUMAN – MARCH 1959
CAPT J.S. SHILSON – MAY 1960
CAPT V.A. DYBDAL – SEPTEMBER 1961
CAPT R.A. OLSON – OCTOBER 1962
CAPT G.J. DAVIS – DECEMBER 1963
CAPT L.P. SPEAR – JANUARY 1964
CAPT J.B. DAVIS, JR. – APRIL 1965
CAPT R.R. LAW – JUNE 1966
CAPT W.J. RUSCH, JR. – DECEMBER 1967
CAPT R.H. ROSSELL – MARCH 1969
CAPT W.R. JOHNSON – NOVEMBER 1970
CAPT D.F. MILIGAN – JULY 1972
CAPT T.M. WARD, JR. – JUNE 1974
CAPT J.E. ADDAMS – AUGUST 1976
CAPT J.R. HOGG – JANUARY 1978
CAPT R.T.S. KEITH, JR. – MARCH 1977
CAPT R. G. ZELLER – MAY 1981
CAPT H.R. JONES, JR. – JULY 1983
CAPT R.E. GAYLORD, JR. – JUNE 1985
CAPT R.D. BARKER – JUNE 1987
CAPT G. T. FORBES – JUNE 1989
CAPT J.G. PROUT III – JUNE 1991
CAPT D. WATSON – APRIL 1992
CAPT T. R. MOONEY – JANUARY 1994
CAPT R. T. CONWAY, JR. – JANUARY 1996
CAPT D. M. RYAN – AUGUST 1997
CAPT R. R. ARNOLD – FEBRUARY 1999
CAPT R. A. SPICER – AUGUST 2000
CAPT B. M. BALMERT – AUGUST 2001
CAPT W. P. HOKER – MAY 2003
CAPT D. F. STEINDL – APRIL 2005
CAPT M. M. GILDAY - SEPTEMBER 2006
CAPT W. J. NAULT- MAY 2008
CAPT P. M. DRISCOLL - JULY 2009
CAPT J. M. MORGAN - APRIL 2011
CAPT P.J. SCHLISE - October 2012

 
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