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Command History  
 
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO was commissioned at the outbreak of the Korean conflict and conducted its first deployment to the Mediterranean in 1951.  From September 1953 to March 1954, the Squadron sailed over 44,000 miles, completing an around-the-world operational cruise.  Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, 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 evacuation of American citizens 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 THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Battle Group to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.  In 1991, Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO became the 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 THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Battle Group supporting Operation ALLIED FORCE in Kosovo.  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 deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas as part of the JOHN C. STENNIS Battle Group. In June 2000, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO returned to the Mediterranean as part of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier 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 HARRY S. TRUMAN Carrier Battle Group in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the Global War on Terror. During the first half of the deployment in the 6th Fleet area of operations, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO conducted Straits of Gibraltar escorts and Maritime Interdiction Operations. 
 
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed in September 2008 as the Sea Combat Commander for the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Strike Group in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM, and the Global War on Terror. This deployment to the 5th Fleet area of operations included duties as Commander Task Group 152.1, responsible for Coalition Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation in the Arabian Gulf.
 
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed in May 2011 as the Sea Combat Commander for the maiden deployment of the GEORGE H. W. BUSH Carrier Strike Group in support of OIF/OEF. This deployment also included the multi-national exercise TRIDENT MARINER and the turn-over of Commander, Task Group Maritime on Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal, Iraq.
 
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed in February 2014 as the Sea Combat Commander for the deployment of the GEORGE H. W. BUSH Carrier Strike Group in support of OEF and conducted TLAM strikes during the first days of INHERENT RESOLVE.
 
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO deployed in January 2017 as the Sea Combat Commander for the deployment of GEORGE H.W. BUSH Carrier Strike Group to the 5th/6th FLEET Areas of Responsibility in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. This deployment also included participation in the multi-national exercise SAXON WARRIOR in support of certifying the Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group Staff.
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO 22 is the Immediate Superior in Command for three ARLEIGH BURKE Class Guided Missile Destroyers: USS LABOON, USS COLE, and USS MAHAN.