Commodore Eric Lerhe joined the Canadian Forces in 1967 and was commissioned in 1972. From 1973 until 1983 he served on the HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, YUKON, FRASER and ANNAPOLIS. He was promoted to Commander on 1 January 1986, and assumed command of HMCS NIPIGON in September 1987and then HMCS SAGUENAY on 6 January 1989.
During the 1990s he served as Director Maritime Force Development and Director NATO Policy in NDHQ. He earned his MA at Dalhousie in 1996 and was promoted to Commodore and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific in January 2001. Commodore Lerhe retired from the CF in September 2003 and commenced his doctoral studies at Dalhousie.
His dissertation was published in 2013 by the CFPS as At What Cost Sovereignty? Canada-US Military Interoperability in the War on Terror. His other interests are defence policy, NATO, the 3 dimensional approach, and general naval issues.