Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (February 2008 - June 2011)

Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis is the third commander of Naval Surface Forces and the 15th commander of the Pacific Fleet’s Naval Surface Force. He is responsible for manning, equipping, training and maintaining more than 160 surface force ships based around the world. He is assisted in that task by his staff and more than 50 major commands and support units of the force.

A native of Chicago, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1976 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Following commissioning, he attended the Surface Warfare Basic School in Newport, R.I., and was awarded the Arleigh Burke Award.

Curtis served in a variety of sea and shore assignments. At sea, his assignments include USS Moinester (FF-1097), USS Thorn (DD-988), USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) and Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2/George Washington Battle Group. He also served as executive officer, USS Scott (DD-995), chief of staff to Commander, 2nd Fleet/Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic/Task Force 120, and Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command. His command tours include USS Wainwright (CG 28), USS Donald B. Beary (FFT 1085), Destroyer Squadron 14, Naval Surface Group 2 and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11/Nimitz Strike Group.

His shore assignments include the U.S. Naval Academy as a brigade officer; the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the senior year group detailer; the Chief of Naval Operations Aegis/DDG-51 Program Office; senior military assistant in the Office of Naval Warfare; executive assistant and Naval aide to the 71st and 72nd Secretaries of the Navy; and Navy Europe Programs, Strategy and Policy, and director, Transformation Activities for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe – 6th Fleet. His most recent assignment was as the 51st commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic and deputy commander, Naval Surface Forces where he served as the chief readiness officer for the Surface Warfare Enterprise.

Curtis’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and other awards.

He holds a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of the National Defense University and the NATO Defense College Senior Course.



Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and staff members visit the Center for Security Forces.
Midshipmen practice proper team hose handling techniques at the Fire Fighting Trainer at Naval Station San Diego.
Capt. Michael Taylor, Commanding Officer, Afloat Training Group San Diego (ATGSD) describes revisions to the Surface Force Train
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) speaks to San Diego waterfront commanding of
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), discusses individual augmentee deployments w
SAN DIEGO (JUNE 30, 2010) - Operation Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Ed Faggett, a native of Marshall, Texas, throws the first pit
Fireworks display illuminates the night sky over the Pearl Harbor Memorial. To celebrate Independence Day, Morale, Welfare and R
Service members recite the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum
Royal Australian Navy frigate Warramunga (FFH-152) engages Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) with her 5-inch gun during a surface enga
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) speaks to San Diego waterfront commanding of
Honor Graduate, Ensign Anna Joy Hilton cuts the ceremonial cake.
Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, joins base officials to cut the ribbon officially
Petty Officer Justin McNeley
Lt. Moneé Freas receives the Naval Sea Systems Command Community Diversity Award from Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey, Fleet Main
Senior Chief Fire Controlman Zack C. Hallman stands watch during a test of the Aegis weapons system aboard the guided-missile cr
The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG54) transits through rough seas in the Pacific Ocean.
Surface Line Week Events
USS George Washington (CVN 73), with her combined crew of more than 5,000 Sailors, along with USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Ch
Surface Line Week 2010
Surface Line Week 2010
SLW 2010
West is wearing the Navy Working Uniform Type III during the conformance test phase.
The U.s. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, perform at the Western Idaho Fair during Boise Navy Week, one of 20
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughhead holds a question and answer session with Sailors during an all-hands call at
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Manuel Paul, superintendent of San Ysidro School.
U.S. Pacific Fleet Band member Musician 3rd Class Jason Gay, embarked aboard the Royal Australian navy landing ship heavy HMAS T
HM-15 is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) supporting the Pakistan government and military with he
Surface Force Ombudsmen celebrate 40th anniversary with Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis and his wife Towanda
A boxer exits the tunnel on the last night of the Armed Forces Boxing Championships at Naval Base Ventura County.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Geraldine Kirk receives the Making a Difference Award from Karen Jones, TriWest Healthcare Alliance,
Navy Seal Cyclist
The 13th annual Coronado Speed Festival took place aboard Naval Base Coronado Sept. 24-26 as part of San Diego Fleet Week.
Navy Volunteers Assist at San Diego Fleet Week 2010 Speed Fest
Cmdr. Yvette Davids, of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet speaks to students from Sunset Elementary School.
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2010
235th United States Marine Corps birthday at the Pentagon, Nov. 8th, 2010.
San Diego Area Sailor Receives Purple Heart
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. West
U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Ricky Dobbs signs an autograph for a child at a Make-A-Wish Foundation
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships are underway in formation during Keen Sword 2011
2010 Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year Finalists
2010 Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year Finalist with Force Master Chief
SOY 2010 Winners (Sea and Shore)
The 2010 Finale for Ship Handler Of the Year
Fun Day for Safety Patrol Students
Change Of Command (June 3, 2011)

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