Captain Duncan McKay assumed command of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) in July of 2020. NSWC Crane delivers innovative solutions and readiness to the Nation and its Warfighters through application of its technical capabilities.
Captain Duncan McKay is a native of Tampa, Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida State University in 1996, and was commissioned an Ensign in September 1996 after completion of Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to the fast attack submarine USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) stationed in Groton, Connecticut in February 1998. His tour included deployments to the North Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Persian Gulf.
In 2001, Captain McKay reported to COMMANDER SUBMARINE SQUADRON ELEVEN (CSS-11) in San Diego, California as the Battlegroup Operations Officer. While assigned to COMSUBRON ELEVEN, Captain McKay was accepted for lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer Program and departed for graduate school in 2003.
In 2006, Captain McKay completed his graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Naval Engineer’s Degree and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He reported to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2006, and worked on various projects and in multiple positions repairing, overhauling, modernizing, and inactivating nuclear-powered submarines. In 2009, Captain McKay reported to the Deputy Commander, Logistics, Maintenance, and Industrial Operations at Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard. While there, he served as the military deputy for submarine maintenance.
Captain McKay served as Repair Officer on the forward deployed submarine tender USS EMORY S LAND (AS 39) from 2012 to 2013, performing deployed maintenance on US and foreign vessels in the 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. In 2013 he reported as Repair Officer to Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Pacific Northwest in Bangor, Washington, overseeing maintenance for seven homeported SSBNs. In 2016, he was assigned as the military deputy for the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) Selected Restricted Availability in Yokosuka, Japan.
In 2016, Captain McKay again reported to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. While there he served as Production Resources and the Operations Officer.
Captain McKay’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (one gold star), Navy Achievement Medal (one gold star), and various unit awards.
Captain McKay is married to the former Alison Forbes of Marblehead, Massachusetts.