The Little Beavers: A Tradition of Excellence

Across the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, four destroyers from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 have the watch. While four destroyers deployed from one DESRON at the same time is not unusual, this group is special because these ships are from the Navy’s most storied DESRON, the “Little Beavers” of DESRON 23. “Under the command of Commodore Arleigh Burke, DESRON 23 was the only destroyer squadron of World War II to be awarded a group Presidential Unit Citation,” said current Commodore, Capt. Bill Daly. “Today we tend to refer to…

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