Maritime Component Commander

Captain David McEwan, RNZN

Captain David McEwan, RNZN

The Maritime Component Commander commands the fleet of Navy ships that regularly deploys overseas and around New Zealand to protect and support New Zealand’s interests. 

Captain David Guy McEwan was born in Hamilton, New Zealand on 9 Sep 65.  When still young, his family moved to Auckland’s eastern suburbs where he grew up and was educated. He joined the Royal New Zealand Navy on 21 May 84 as an Ordinary Seaman, Radar Operator; in 1993 he commission from the ranks as a Seaman Officer.

Since joining in 1984, CAPT McEwan has enjoyed a varied and rewarding career with many highlights including service in the Naval Combat Force including the Leander Class frigates HMNZS SOUTHLAND, WAIKATO, WELLINGTON and CANTERBURY, and the ANZAC Class frigates HMNZS TE MANA and TE KAHA. He has served in the Naval Patrol Force in the Offshore Patrols Vessels HMNZS OTAGO and WELLINGTON and enjoyed a posting to the Mine Countermeasures Force serving in the Dive Tender, HMNZS MANWANUI.

His operational experience includes Op Belisi - Bougainville (1997-1998), Op RAMSI - Solomon Islands (1999), UNTAET - East Timor (2000), and Counter Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2012).

Command experience has included Command of HMNZ Ships OTAGO (2011- 2012), WELLINGTON (2012), TE KAHA (2013-2014) and TE MANA (Jan-Feb 2018).
CAPT McEwan graduated from HMAS WATSON as a Principal Warfare Officer specialising in Above Water Warfare in mid-1999 and between sea postings as Gunnery Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer in NCF units, he enjoyed two tours at the Headquarters Joint Force New Zealand, Wellington, firstly as the Maritime Planner then Military Assistant to the Maritime Component Commander.

He is a graduate of the NZDF Command Staff College, completing his studies in late-2008 having gained a Post Graduate Diploma, Arts (Defence and Strategic Studies) through Massey University. 

In early-2009, David joined Naval Staff Capability Division at Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, Wellington, where he served as the Director Naval Capability Requirements (DNCR). In October 2010 the single service Capability Divisions were re-structured as the NZDF Capability Branch where his role was re-titled to Naval Combat Capability Working Group Lead (NC CWGL), a position he held until Mar 2011. From there, David returned to sea in a command capacity.

In early-December 2014, CAPT McEwan relinquished command of TE KAHA and took up the position of Captain Fleet Operational Readiness (CFOR) working out the Devonport Naval Base, Auckland. 

On 1 March 2018, CAPT McEwan took up the post of Maritime Component Commander responsible for the command of the Navy’s Fleet of ships that regularly deploy overseas and around New Zealand.

David is married to Wendy and together they have three children - Gavin, Catherine and Victoria. His sporting interests include rugby and golf (novice) and when not attending to work commitments he enjoys a good book or escaping to the garden. 

This page was last reviewed on 1 March 2018, and is current.