Ex-Army Warrant Officer embraces the change

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submarines (ABAWASM) George Griffin is proud to display his Dolphins at HMAS Stirling, the home of the Australian Submarine Force.  (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Able Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submarines (ABAWASM) George Griffin is proud to display his Dolphins at HMAS Stirling, the home of the Australian Submarine Force.

For Able Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst, Submarines George Griffin, changing service from Army to Navy was one of those things in life he had to experience, and for this adventurous and enthusiastic sailor it’s been a decision he is more than happy with. 

The ex-Army Warrant Officer, brings a wealth of experience to Navy, and in particular the submarine service.

ABAWASM Griffin is a qualified fitter and turner who enlisted in the Army as an apprentice in 1996. A variety of postings and a passion for all he does has seen him receive a number of awards, including Artificer of the year in 2013 and Royal Military College - Army Instructor of the year in 2014.

Also in 2014, while posted to the 1st Recruit Training Battalion - Army, he was also awarded Senior Non Commissioned Officer instructor of the year 2014. ABAWASM Griffin’s operational experience includes Operation SLIPPER, Operation TANAGER, and Operation WARDEN. 

One of his great satisfactions of his new Navy career is the team work and support that submariners provide each other, and with little to no contact with the outside world when deployed it can be challenging, but he said it was a “good kind of challenging”.

“For me the biggest challenge is to stop hitting my head on smoke alarms,” ABAWASM Griffin said.

“But seriously, the time apart from ones family is also a challenge; you need to have a robust plan back home to manage the unexpected. 

“With the support I have from my family and Defence, I am able to focus on what is an extremely exciting and diverse career.” 

His career aspirations include attaining the position of Chief of The Boat of an Australian Submarine; for ABAWASM Griffin that would be the pinnacle of his career. On a more personal note, he loves kids and would like to expand his family.

With a passion for Navy and for life, ABAWASM Griffin will continue to be a role model with plenty to offer our organisation.