Commander Edward Seymour

CMDR Edward Seymour

Born in Brisbane, Commander Seymour joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) via the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1997 and on graduation in 1999 he commenced his professional training as a Seaman Officer. After acquaint courses in Watson and formative periods at sea in Cessnock and Gladstone he joined Bunbury to gain his Ocean Navigation Certificate, and in 2001 transferred to Darwin, where he was awarded his Bridge Warfare Certificate in 2002. He remained on board as Officer of the Watch and Boarding Officer during a deployment to the Middle East region until May 2003, when he conducted Fighter Controller course before joining Melbourne for the first of three back-to-back postings to the frigate.

After another deployment to the Middle East region, he undertook Principal Warfare Officer course at Watson in 2005, and then returned to Melbourne. 2006 was a busy year due to operational relief postings in Arunta, Darwin and Manoora while Melbourne was in the FFG Upgrade refit. In 2007 he specialised in Air Warfare and returned again to Melbourne until late 2008, when he transferred to Warramunga as Operations Officer for another deployment to the Middle East region in 2009. This service attracted a Commander ADF Joint Task Force Silver Commendation.

On leaving Warramunga, he returned to Watson as a Principal Warfare Officer Instructor until in mid-2010 when he was posted to the USA as the RAN Liaison Officer and Director of Allied and Combined Tactics at US Navy Surface Warfare Development Group in Virginia, followed by posting to US Destroyer Squadron TWO SIX the following year. Here he focussed on development of anti-ship missile tactics for Task Group operations and development of a US/Australian publications for the Aegis combat system being fitted to the RAN’s Air Warfare Destroyers. He was recognised for this service with the award of a Meritorious Service Medal.

On his return to Australia in 2012 he again instructed Principal Warfare Officers at the RAN School of Maritime Warfare at Watson, until posted as Executive Officer of Parramatta in 2013. Transferred to Warramunga as part of the ASDM Upgrade refit, he completed this Executive Officer posting in Warramunga in 2015. He then spent the majority of 2016 studying at the Australian Command and Staff Course before joining Navy Strategic Command as the Deputy Director Destroyer Capability Support, assisting with bringing the Hobart Class DDGs into service. After some months in the US studying the Aegis combat system he received a short notice posting to join the new DDG Hobart as commissioning Executive Officer in May 2017. Selected to commission Sydney the same year, Commander Seymour took up his current role as Commanding Officer NUSHIP Sydney in December 2018 and is due to commission the ship in May 2020.

Commander Seymour’s operational service includes Operations CRANBERRY, RELEX II, SLIPPER, FALCONER, CATALYST, RESOLUTE, PARAPET and SOLANIA.

Commander Seymour is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Australian Command and Staff Course, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Information Systems) and a Master of Project Management from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Military and Defence Studies from the Australian National University.