(August 6, 2016 - Present)
CAPT James J. Duke
Commanding Officer

Captain Duke was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Fleet assignments include a Division Officer tour on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70); Combat Systems Officer on USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41), forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan; Reactor Training Assistant on USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73); and Executive Officer of USS GARY (FFG 51), also forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan.

Captain Duke had command of USS O’KANE (DDG 77). Under his command O’KANE deployed with the JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Strike Group and won four Type Commander Warfare Excellence Awards and the Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet, Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence.

Following command he reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten; served as Surface Operations Officer, fleeted up to Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, and deployed with HARRY S. TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group.

Most recently Captain Duke served as Reactor Officer onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). During his tenure Reactor Department earned the Commander, U. S. Naval Air Forces, Pacific Red “E” for Engineering Excellence. Ashore Captain Duke completed the naval nuclear power training pipeline; was an instructor at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at the University of California, Berkley; Ship Material Coordinator at Commander, U. S. Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Fleet; a Federal Executive Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy; Action Officer and Executive Assistant in the Joint Staff (J-5), Deputy Directorate for Politico-Military Affairs, Middle East; Special Assistant for Aircraft Carrier Operations at Naval Reactors; Commanding Officer, Naval Station Everett; and Naval Forces Division Chief at the U.S. Military Training Mission, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Captain Duke’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Commander, U. S. Naval Surface Forces Pacific Shiphandler of the Year award, plus various other Unit and Service awards.

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