Deputy Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Rear Admiral Erik Eslich

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Rear Admiral Eslich earned a Bachelor degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in May 1993. He also earned a Master degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

As a career Surface Warfare Officer, he served tours aboard USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), USS WASP (LHD 1), USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79), and Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group EIGHT. Eslich served as Executive Officer for both USS O’KANE (DDG 77) and USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) and he went on to command both USS RAMAGE and Destroyer Squadron TWO (CDS 2), throughout which, he has made multiple deployments in support of training and real world operations.

Ashore, he served as U.S. House of Representative Case Officer for the Office of Legislative Affairs; as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic; Global Requirements Officer at the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO); Surface Warfare Community Manager at the Bureau of Navy Personnel (BUPERS-3); and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander and Commander at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Rear Adm. Eslich’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service medals and ribbons.

Eslich began serving as Deputy Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet, in August 2021.

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