NEDU Commanding Officer (Photo by U.S. Navy)
CDR Jay Young is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) in Panama City, FL.
Born in Mitchell, South Dakota, CDR Young was commissioned in 1998 at the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. At sea, he served aboard USS FIFE (DD 991) as the Gunnery Officer where he earned his Surface Warfare Qualification.
CDR Young’s diving, salvage, and acquisition assignments ashore include LCS Principal Assistant Program Manager for Test and Evaluation, Officer in Charge of SUPSHIP Bath Detachment San Diego, T-AKE/MLP/AFSB Program Manager Representative, DDG 51 Class Program Office Chief Engineer, 5th Fleet Salvage Officer, Assistant Officer in Charge of Naval Ship Support Activity Detachment Bahrain, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and Project Officer at Supervisor of Salvage and Diving.
CDR Young is a U.S. Navy Diving and Salvage Officer qualified in air and mixed-gas diving operations and served as the program manager for the design and construction of the U.S. Navy’s Fly-Away Saturation Diving System while assigned to Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama and is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with Level III Certifications in Program Management and Production Quality Management.
His personal decorations include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various unit awards. He is married to the former Kelly Rector of Glade Spring, Virginia, and they have a twelve year old son, Cameron, and a seven year old daughter, Jana.