Commander Ben Esler

CMDR Ben Esler

Commander Ben Esler was born in Narromine, NSW in January 1972. He joined the RAN in 1991 through the Australian Defence Force Academy, graduating in December 1993 with a Bachelor of Science. CMDR Esler is a Principal Warfare Officer specialising in surface warfare and communications. He has held a range of seagoing, staff, training and representational appointments.

CMDR Esler’s seagoing appointments have included training and operational service in HMA Ships Swan, Ipswich, Brisbane, Hobart, Newcastle and Manoora. In 2008-9 he commanded the Huon class coastal mine hunter Crew HUNTER ONE, embarked in HMA Ships Huon and Hawkesbury.

CMDR Esler’s staff appointments have included; Capability Requirements Manager in the FFG Force Element Group, SO2 roles in both the regional and global operations sections in Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Operations Officer to Commander Maritime Border Command, SO2 Domestic and Regional Commitments within Military Strategic Commitments Branch and Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Capabilities Group. CMDR Esler completed the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2017.

CMDR Esler’s instructional postings have included Communications and Electronic Warfare instructor at the Principal Warfare Officer Faculty at HMAS Watson and Head - Officer Initial Training Faculty at the Royal Australian Naval College within HMAS Creswell.

CMDR Esler has completed two overseas representational postings. The first was from 2004-6 to Malaysia as the senior maritime planner at Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System in Butterworth. The second was from 2011-13 to the Kingdom of Tonga as the Maritime Surveillance Adviser to His Majesty’s Armed Forces.

CMDR Esler has completed operational seagoing service in the Middle East (Operation SLIPPER), Australia (Operation RESOLUTE) and the South Pacific (Operation TREK). He has also completed a number of deployments to Southeast and Northeast Asia.

CMDR Esler assumed the role of Executive Officer and Second in Command of HMAS Creswell in December 2018.