Navy Experimental Diving Unit changes commanders

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Navy Experimental Diving Unit held a change of command ceremony Friday.

Commander William Schultz was relieved by Commander Jay Young. Schultz has been NEDU's commanding officer since August 2013. He will be heading to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire.

Young was previously assigned as the littoral combat ship principal assistant program manager for test and evaluation in the Washington D.C. area. He is originally from South Dakota and proud to say that his son was born here in Panama City while he was training as a Navy diver about ten years ago.

He is a Naval Academy graduate and has master degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Young was excited about his new command saying, "A lot of excitement, a lot of jitters. It's a good thing that we have a great team here in Panama City to help me through that. A lot of family and friends here for the ceremony to get me through the next step in the next chapter in our lives."

The timing of his reassignment was great for his mother and dad who came down from South Dakota just for the ceremony and just in time to escape the severe winter weather up there.