Naval Station Everett changes command

Jul 10, 2013
Courtesy of: Kyle Steckler/Naval Station Everett Capt. James J. Duke speaks at the change of command ceremony held at Jackson Plaza on Naval Station Everett. Capt. James J. Duke has relieved Capt. Michael J. Coury as commanding officer.

Capt. James Duke Jr. relieved Capt. Michael Coury July 2 as commanding officer of Naval Station Everett in a ceremony attended by military personnel, federal civilian employees, and distinguished guests at the naval base.

Prior to assuming command, Duke was most recently assigned as special assistant for CVN Operations, Naval Reactors. During his Navy career, he has also commanded the USS O'KANE (DDG 77) and served as reactor officer aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Duke, of Lake Stevens, is a 1987 United States Naval Academy graduate with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and also completed his joint education through the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Coury will report to his new assignment as the chief of staff for Commander Carrier Strike Group 11, the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) carrier strike group.

Naval Station Everett, Snohomish County's second largest employer, is home to six U.S. Navy homeported ships and two U.S. Coast Guard vessels.

The base enhances the nation's ability to accomplish strategic objectives by supporting U.S. Naval and Coast Guard forces, while providing readiness and quality of life for the Sailors, civilians, and families that they serve.

More about this and other news at Naval Station Everett can be found at www.homeportnorthwest.com.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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