2013-09-26 / Naval Community

Helm Change at NUWC

Rear Adm. David Duryea Rear Adm. David Duryea Rear Adm. David M. Duryea relieved Rear Adm. Thomas G. Wears as commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) during a recent change of command ceremony.

Duryea comes to Newport from the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., where he served as deputy commander for undersea warfare, leading a full spectrum of research, development, testing and evaluation; hull, mechanical and electrical systems engineering; and fleet support services to the in-service submarine and undersea forces.

Duryea has served aboard a variety of submarines and commanded the gold crew of the nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine USS Florida (SSBN 728). He also served as commanding officer of the combined crews of Florida when the ship went through a refueling overhaul and conversion to a guided missile platform. His operational shore assignments have included duty on the staff of the U.S. Strategic Command and the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Wears reported as commander of the NUWC in November of 2009. He oversaw alignment of the Naval Sea Logistics Center into NUWC Division Keyport and directed internal realignments at NUWC to streamline organizations eliminate redundancies, and achieve better balance and collaboration across business and technical areas of responsibility. He was also an uncompromising champion for cost savings and avoidance, as evidenced by more than $190 million in validated and proposed savings identified during his tenure.

Wears retired with 30 years of service.

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