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Crest & Motto

Established July 1949

Command Crest

CDS 22 Seal

The command insignia is made up of a round field of light blue and points of a compass. Superimposed is a shield divided into three parts: The "Torch of Liberty" on a field of white, the "Olive Branch of Peace" on a field of red, and the "Eagle of Strength" on a field of Navy blue. The entire design is encircled by a band of white with the inscription of block letters:

Facta Non Verba

Facta Non Verba translates from Latin to “Deeds Not Words”. This is more of a philosophy than a motto for the staff and ships of Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO. Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO has answered the nation’s call to arms, whenever and wherever it came. The Squadron operates by an unspoken code of doing for themselves and others, not for fame or notoriety, but simply to answer the call. The act of service is its own reward.

The tradition of service of Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO is not limited to military endeavors, having established a record of community service in our homeport area of Hampton Roads, Virginia, as well as overseas. Our ships are engaged in the Partnership for Excellence Program whereby they team up with local schools to provide tutors, assistants, mentors, and positive role models to local school children. Members of the Squadron have also participated in Earth Day, Clean the Bay Day, Recycle America, and numerous other projects all aimed at making a difference today and for the future.

Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO is proud to live by the motto and philosophy of “Deeds Not Words”, Facta Non Verba.


“Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes