Commander Johan-Elias Seljamaa was born on the 20th June 1976 in Tallinn and joined the Estonian Navy in 1995 as a conscript. Fallowing a year of national service he volunteered to remain in the Navy and served for a short period on board ENS SULEV as her PO boatswain before joining officer training and graduating from Finnish Naval Academy in 2000.
After specialization in the Belgium/Netherlands MCM School - Eguermin with the MCM Staff Officer Course in 2005, he was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Baltic MCM Squadron BALTRON.
Commander Seljamaa sea duties have included Executive Officer of minesweeper ENS KALEY in 2000 and first command of mine hunter ENS ADMIRAL COWAN. During his command, ENS ADMIRAL COWAN joined a thoroughly enjoyable deployment in the second half of 2008 to the Mediterranean Sea with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMGl).
In 2009, Commander Seljamaa undertook Junior Staff Officer Course in the Finnish National Defence Academy and on completion was appointed to command the Estonian MCM Squadron.
In 2014, he graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course in UK, Shrivenhamn, where he received a master's degree in Defence Studies from Kings College London and was appointed to the newly formed Estonian Flotilla staff as the head of Maritime Operations Centre (MOC).
He lives in Tallinn with his wife Doris and two daughters, Carmon and Karolin. When at home, most of his attention is focused to his family and gardening.