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News Item 2011 - Say goodbye to the Keystone Squadron.

 

The Navy is shuttering Destroyer Squadron 24 on Sept. 30 after 55 years of service, as part of a larger reorganization to cut the overhead costs of operational staffs. DESRON 24 has had a memorable history, dating back to the days of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The squadron, which was stood up in 1956 and homeported in Newport, R.I., dispatched four ships to support the naval quarantine around Cuba. They secured boarding clearances for five Soviet merchant ships and helped to surface a Soviet submarine.

The squadron has also served in many overseas operations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, according to the squadron’s official history. DESRON 24 also contributed to Vietnam War and Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. In 1973, the squadron headquarters shifted to Mayport, Fla.

All four ships in DESRON 24 — destroyers Carney, Farragut, Roosevelt and The Sullivans — have transferred to DESRON 14, another Mayport, Fla.-based squadron that now has 16 ships assigned, according to Naval Surface Force Atlantic spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Urban.

The squadron was nicknamed the Keystone Squadron because, at one point, the commodore and all the ship commanding officers hailed from Pennsylvania, the Keystone state. In keeping with this tradition, the decommissioning commodore, Capt. Aaron Jacobs, attended college at two universities in Pennsylvania.

After the closing of DESRON 24, the Navy will have 15 destroyer squadrons remaining, including three forward-deployed units that don’t have ships permanently assigned.

 

DESRON 24 Keystone Squadron

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroyer_Squadron_26

 

DESRON 26 has the most variety in their patches with several different patterns developed over the decades

 

The motto on the patch at lower right says, "No sooner said than done"

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USS GREGORY (DD-802) Flagship of the 8 Fletcher class destroyers of DESRON 17 during the Korean War and into the Cold War

 

Destroyer Squadron 17, photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955. Destroyers in front row include (left to right): USS Twining (DD-540); USS Erben (DD-631); USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) and USS Gregory (DD-802). Behind them are (left to right): USS Shields (DD-596); USS Colahan (DD-658); USS Marshall (DD-676) and USS Porterfield (DD-682). USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) is tied up in the left distance, at Naval Air Station, North Island. Structure in the bottom center is the "Naval Destroyer Boat House". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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DESRON 26 has the most variety in their patches with several different patterns developed over the decades

 

The motto on the patch at lower right says, "No sooner said than done"

I believe the patch with the trident and 26 is actually PATRON 26 from it's days in JAX.


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DESRON 27 - This is a special one and very easy to date

USS DE HAVEN (DD-727) Allen M. Sumner class in service 1944 to 1973. The typical DE HAVEN patch has a gyro-copter in the upper right hand corner. In April 1962 she became the initiator and namesake of the DESOTO patrols (DEhaven Special Operations off TsingtaO) this duty also being designated as DESRON 27 derived from her hull number.

So if you ever see a USS DE HAVEN patch with the DESRON 27 designation, it's a circa 1962 Hilborn-Hamburger

Wiki https://en.wikipedia...i/DESOTO_patrol

Declassified NSA document - DESOTO Patrols and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (Yep, it was also a DESOTO patrol although we denied we were snooping on Red China at the time)

https://www.nsa.gov/...dent_desoto.pdf

 

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