Rear Adm. Duryea is a native of Orchard Park, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Rochester in May 1983, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Geomechanics and received his commission via the NROTC program. He has a master’s degree from George Washington University and is DAWIA Level 3 Certified in Program Management.
Duryea’s operational assignments include division officer, USS Lapon (SSN 661), combat systems officer, USS Puffer (SSN 652), anti-submarine warfare officer, Carrier Group 7, executive officer, USS Honolulu (SSN 718), deputy commander for Operations, Submarine Squadron One, and commanding officer USS Florida Gold (SSBN 728). While in command of the Florida Gold he assumed command of the combined crew USS Florida (SSGN 728) and commenced the SSGN Conversion and Refueling Overhaul.
Shore duty assignments include project officer, Defense Liaison Division; Plans and Policies Staff action officer for Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment systems at United States Strategic Command J6, and force engineer, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Upon entering the Acquisition Corps, he was assigned as the program manager, Advanced Submarine Systems Development Office (SEA 073R)/deputy director of Undersea Technology, Naval Sea Systems Command. His next acquisition assignments were major program manager, Submarine Imaging and Electronic Warfare Systems (PMS 435) and major program manager, Special Operations Forces Undersea Mobility Program Office (PMS 399).
He formerly served as the Naval Sea Systems Command, deputy commander for Undersea Warfare and assumed command of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center on Sept. 26, 2013.
Duryea has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and various other personal, unit and campaign level awards.