Lieutenant Commander Emma Griffiths

LCDR Emma Griffiths

Lieutenant Commander Emma Kate Griffiths, RAN was born in Victor Harbor, South Australia and joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer in 2004. After completing the New Entry Officers Course she spent six months in HMAS Newcastle prior to undertaking her degree studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2008 Sub Lieutenant Griffiths was awarded a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours.

In 2009 Sub Lieutenant Griffiths completed the Engineering Officers Application Course and posted to HMAS Darwin as the Assistant Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer. A career highlight was the deployment to South East Asia where she participated in many multinational exercises. In July 2010 she was awarded her Weapons Electrical Certificate of Competency.

In late 2010 Lieutenant Griffiths posted to Canberra into the Directorate of Navy Communication and Information Warfare, as the Navy Acoustic and Optronic Engineer. She posted back to Sydney in 2013 to join HMAS ANZAC as the Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer, with a hull swap onto HMAS Stuart.

In 2014 Lieutenant Griffiths gained her Weapons Electrical Charge Qualification, status as a Chartered Engineer and completed a Master’s in Systems Engineering. She posted to Canberra as the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block 2 Project Engineering Manager in Guided Weapons Branch before being selected to complete a Master’s in Science in Explosive Ordnance Engineering at the Defence Academy UK in 2015.

On return to Australia, in 2017, Lieutenant Commander Griffiths posted to Armament Technology Cell as a Senior Armaments Engineer. After a period of time on Maternity Leave she then posted to Maritime Explosive Ordnance System Program Office as the Deputy Chief Engineer in 2020. In this role she gained a Chief Engineer Delegation and was responsible for providing advice to Navy on all Maritime Explosive Ordnance items. In 2022 Lieutenant Commander Griffiths moved into the Technical Staff Officer – Navy role within the Directorate of Ordnance Safety whilst completing the Australian Command and Staff Course – Remote.

In late 2022 Lieutenant Commander Griffiths commenced her posting as the Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Naval College.