Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin

LCDR Julia Griffin

Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin joined the Royal Australian Navy in July 2008, as a Maritime Warfare Officer from West Gippsland, Victoria. She completed Naval Officer training at HMAS Creswell, followed by her Junior Warfare Application Course at HMAS Watson and onboard HMAS Success, the Armidale Class Patrol Boat (ACPB) crew Assail One and HMAS Perth.

On completion of her training in 2011, Sub Lieutenant Griffin gained her Bridge Warfare Certificate and was promoted to Lieutenant, where she remained onboard HMAS Perth as an Officer of the Watch. In 2012, Lieutenant Griffin completed the Intermediate Navigation Course and became the Navigating and Operations Officer onboard the ACPB crew Aware One embarked in HMA Ships Maryborough and Glenelg.

In July 2014, Lieutenant Griffin transferred to the Active Naval Reserves to pursue tertiary education, where she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) through the University of Tasmania. Lieutenant Griffin received her Australian Maritime Safety Authority Deck Watchkeeper (Unlimited) qualification in 2015 and worked as a Deck Officer onboard the Toll Bass Strait Roll On/Roll Off ships and Shell Australia LNG carriers. During this period, Lieutenant Griffin continued to complete Naval Reserve postings as a Navigating Officer onboard ACPBs and at Minor War Vessel - Sea Training Group.

In January 2018, Lieutenant Griffin resumed full-time service and completed a posting to Minor War Vessel - Sea Training Group as the Operations Officer. In October 2018, Lieutenant Griffin was posted to the Transit Security Element, as the Operations Coordinator. In March 2019, she was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and posted to the Patrol Boat Systems Program Office as the Waterfront Manager, responsible for the sustainment and maintenance of all Patrol Boats.

From 2018-2019, Lieutenant Griffin was an honorary Aide-de-camp to Her Honour the Administrator of the Northern Territory and is a Restricted Naval Pilot.

Lieutenant Commander Griffin completed a Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Shipping Operations Management) in December 2019. She continues her studies and is undertaking a Masters of Applied Science (Shipping Operations Management) and a Masters of Business Administration (Maritime and Logistic Management).

In August 2019 Lieutenant Commander Griffin was selected for Command of HMAS Maitland, and assumed Command in December 2019.