The Royal Navy officer found dead at Devonport Dockyard in
Plymouth had a bright future ahead of her in the Navy, her former
commanding officer said.
The commanding officer of HMS Ark Royal paid tribute to
The body of Deputy Marine Engineer Lt Emma Douglas, 29, from
Huntly in Aberdeenshire, was discovered on Sunday on board HMS
Commodore Alan Massey said news of her death has shocked her
former crew members on HMS Ark Royal.
Police say a file is being prepared for the coroner.
Lt Douglas graduated from Newcastle University before
joining the Royal Navy in 2000.
She first served as an assistant marine engineer on HMS Ark
Royal, where Cmdr Massey said she was very committed and
He said: "She was very popular within the ship and her
former crew members have been shocked at her death."
Lt Douglas fenced for the Royal Navy Amateur Fencing Association
in her spare time.
Another Navy spokesman said the lieutenant was well respected.
"She was a bubbly character with a great sense of fun and a
true love of life.
"As a family, the ship is devastated by the loss of a dear
friend and colleague."
Specialist officers from Devon & Cornwall Police were called
in by Ministry of Defence Police to investigate the death.
The results of a post-mortem examination were inconclusive and
further tests are now being carried out.
A police spokesman says there were no obvious signs of violence.
She will be cremated at Buckie, near Elgin, on 16 November.
Following the cremation her ashes will be scattered in the sea by
the Royal Navy.
5th March 2008
An inquest heard she died from diabetic
ketoacidosis, although diabetes was not diagnosed before her death.
In a narrative verdict aimed at answering a number of questions
from the coroner, the jury criticised a medical consultation four
days before Lt Douglas's death at which her diabetes was not