Just days after his 99th birthday, Rear Admiral (retd) Guy Griffiths visited HMAS Hobart at Fleet Base East to speak to the crew about his career and recently published biography. 

Commanding Officer of HMAS Hobart, Commander Andrew Pepper, welcomed Rear Admiral Griffiths aboard and said it was a great opportunity for the ship’s company to learn from a leader who served in three wars. 

Leading Seaman Cassandra Wilkes said she was grateful for the opportunity to speak to Rear Admiral Griffiths.  

“He spoke about the value of looking after junior sailors on the ship while deployed on operations and this helped inform his decisions when he worked in Navy Headquarters ” Leading Seaman Wilkes said.  

Rear Admiral Griffiths is the former chief of naval personnel and past commander of HMAS Hobart II.

He was joined in his visit to Hobart by Vice Admiral (retd) Peter Jones, author of Guy Griffiths: The life and times of an Australian admiral

Rear Admiral Griffiths joined the battle cruiser HMS Repulse as a midshipman in 1941. The ship was later sunk by the Japanese near Malaya and he was rescued. 

He served on a number of ships leading up to the Korean War and was promoted to lieutenant commander in HMAS Anzac.

In 1965, he commanded the guided-missile destroyer HMAS Hobart and received the Distinguished Service Order in 1967 after the ship saw action in Vietnamese waters. 

He retired from Navy in 1980 after 43 years’ service, having held a series of senior appointments. 

After lunch on board Hobart, Rear Admiral Griffiths gave out signed copies of his biography and was presented with a framed painting of Hobart by Able Seaman Geoffrey Anthony.