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Destroyer Squadron Nine History
Destroyer Squadron NINE was first formed in 1920. Homeported in
Charleston, South Carolina, the Squadron consisted of 18 World War I
"Four Pipers". In July 1921 the Squadron moved to Newport, Rhode
Island, where it operated until it was disestablished in May 1930.
Destroyer Squadron NINE was reestablished in 1937 in the Pacific Fleet.
In November 1942 the Squadron was homeported in Recife, Brazil where the
Commodore was also assigned Station Commander. Destroyer Squadron NINE's
mission was submarine hunting, patrol and escort duty, occasionally
interspersed with brief flurries of action against German U-boats. The
Squadron continued operations out of Recife until August 1944, at which
time the Squadron was dissolved for the second time and its ships
Shortly after the close of World War II, a major Navy reorganization
resulted in Destroyer Squadron NINE being reestablished. The Squadron was
made up of battle veterans of the Pacific Campaign and was homeported in
San Diego, California, in January 1946. Deployments to the Western
Pacific, alternating with First Fleet training and overhaul, became the
routine for Destroyer Squadron NINE ships. With the outbreak of
hostilities in Korea, the Squadron found itself actively involved in
operations in the seas off Korea.
The years following Korea were years of uneasy peace. Requirements for
destroyers in the Western-Pacific led to yet another change in homeport
for Destroyer Squadron NINE. Beginning in 1961, the Squadron was forward
deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for two years. Subsequently, the
squadron alternated between Long
Beach, California and back to Yokosuka at two year intervals. This covered
an eight year period.
With involvement of U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia, Destroyer Squadron
NINE once again found itself tasked in war-time operations. During that
period Destroyer Squadron NINE became the first Squadron in naval history to be awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for service in the Vietnam conflict.
From 1975 through 1983 Destroyer Squadron NINE was tasked with Pacific
Fleet Introduction of SPRUANCE Class (DD-963) Destroyers, OLIVER HAZARD
PERRY Class (FFG-7) Guided Missile Frigates, PEGASUS Class (PHM-1) Missile
Hydrofoil Combatant and various CNO projects. The Secretary of the Navy
awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation to Commander, Destroyer Squadron
NINE for the period 1 July 1976 to 31 May 1978 for these accomplishments.
From 1983 to 1986 Destroyer Squadron NINE evolved to an operational,
deploying squadron. Squadron composition consisted of various DD's, DDG'S,
FF's and FFG'S.
In 1986 Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE deployed to the Western
Pacific, Indian Ocean and Northern Pacific with USS CARL VINSON
(CVN-70)/Battle Group CHARLIE as the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Commander, and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In January 1988 Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE deployed to the
Western Pacific and Indian Ocean embarked on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) with
Battle Group FOXTROT as the ASW Commander, and was awarded her third
Meritorious Unit Commendation.
During this deployment
Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE was a key participant in Operation
Praying Mantis--combat operations conducted on 18 April ' 1988 in
retaliation for mine damage sustained by USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-12).
COMDESRON NINE was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for her
actions in that operation. Following the deployment, Destroyer Squadron
NINE shifted homeport to Long Beach, California.
In 1989 Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE participated in the Portland
Rose Festival and the Third Fleet Battle Force Pacific Exercise 89 as the
ASW Commander onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70).
In February 1990 Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE embarked on USS
CARL VINSON (CVN-70) and deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean
with Battle Group CHARLIE as the ASW Commander, and was awarded the Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal and a Letter of Commendation from the Secretary
of the Navy.
Upon return from deployment, Destroyer Squadron NINE was reassigned as
one of three Pacific Fleet Readiness Destroyer Squadrons. Commander,
Destroyer Squadron NINE's mission was
changed to provide oversight for the ships of the Squadron in achieving
and maintaining the highest levels of material, operational and personnel
readiness for the conduct of sustained
In June 1991 Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE deployed to the Western
Pacific and Indian Ocean with USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)/Battle Group
FOXTROT supporting Operation "Earnest Will" and Operation
"Desert Storm" as ASW Commander and Space and Electronic Warfare
Commander. COMDESRON NINE was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal for
her participation in Operation "Desert Storm".
During this deployment, Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE participated
in Joint Task Force FIERY VIGIL, the largest peacetime evacuation of
civilians in recent history. From 10 June to 28 June 1991 Commander,
Destroyer Squadron NINE joined with the U.S. Air Force to evacuate over
20,000 military dependents from Subic Bay Naval Base and Clark Air Force
Base in the Republic of Philippines after the disastrous eruption of Mt.
Pinatubo. Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE., embarked on USS BRISTOL
COUNTY (LST-1198) as the on-scene coordinator for the debarkation of
evacuees at Cebu City. For this action Destroyer Squadron NINE was awarded
her second Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
In January 1992 COMDESRON NINE assumed Operational Commander control of
six ships while their Immediate Superior in Command, Commander, Surface
Squadron ONE, was deployed.
In August 1992 COMDESRON NINE assumed responsibility for ExBREWTON and
Ex-ROBERT E. PEARY during their transfer to Taiwan under the Foreign
Military Lease program. The Fleet Introduction Team, assigned to COMDESRON
NINE, assisted and trained the Taiwan Navy to operate these former
KNOX-class fast frigates.
In August 1993 COMDESRON NINE assumed responsibility for Ex-KNOX during
its transfer to Taiwan under the Foreign Military Lease program.
On 01 September 1994 Destroyer Squadron NINE shifted homeport from Long
Beach, California, to Everett, Washington. Destroyer Squadron NINE
presently consists of USS DAVID R. RAY (DD-971), USS FORD (FFG-54) USS
INGRAHAM (FFG-61) and USS PAUL F. FOSTER (DD-964).