Chris Barrie (admiral)

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Christopher Alexander Barrie
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Barrie at the Climate Security Conference in London, March 2012.
Born (1945-05-29) 29 May 1945 (age 69)
Sydney, New South Wales
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1961–2002
Rank Admiral
Commands held Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Deputy Chief of Navy
HMAS Watson
HMAS Stuart
HMAS Buccaneer
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Order (Military) (Singapore)

Admiral Christopher Alexander "Chris" Barrie ACRAN (born 29 May 1945) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy, who served as Chief of the Defence Force from 4 July 1998 to 3 July 2002.

Naval career[edit]

Born in Sydney, Barrie was educated at North Sydney Boys High School and entered the Royal Australian Naval College in 1961. During his early naval training, Barrie completed service on HMA Ships Anzac, Vampire and Melbourne, which included service in the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation, and a 23-day tour of duty in Vietnam. Postings to the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and HMS Excellent followed.

Barrie served at sea as part of the commissioning crew of HMAS Brisbane, which included a seven-month tour of duty in Vietnam, during 1969.

He also served as Commanding Officer HMAS Buccaneer, Operations and Navigating Officer on HMS Eastbourne, HMAS Perth and HMAS Duchess, Executive Officer on HMAS Vampire, and later as Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart.

In 1990–1991, Barrie held an appointment as Defence Adviser, New Delhi, India, and following this post, he served as Director RAN Surface Warfare School and Commanding Officer HMAS Watson; Deputy Maritime Commander and Chief of Staff at Maritime Headquarters in Sydney; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff; and Vice Chief of the Defence Force in 1997–1998.

Barrie was promoted to admiral, and assumed the post of Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 1998. He held this position until his retirement in 2002, and was succeeded by General Peter Cosgrove.

Through part-time study, Barrie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983, with a special focus on International Relations and Politics, and was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree in 1996 by Deakin University.

As the Chief of the Defence Force, Barrie became involved in the "Children Overboard Affair" of 2001, a high-level political controversy which occurred during the Australian federal election campaign. Barrie was the last Australian Government official to publicly support Prime Minister John Howard's assertion that refugees had thrown their children overboard from their sinking vessel.[1]

Awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png GSM 62.gif

Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png DFSM with Fed Star.png

National Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon.png Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (2001)[2]
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (1998)[3]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1994)[4]
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975[citation needed]
GSM 62.gif General Service Medal[citation needed]
Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Medal[citation needed]
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945-1975[citation needed]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal (2001)[5]
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star[citation needed] (40–44 years service)
National Medal (Australia) ribbon.png National Medal (1978)[6]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal[citation needed]
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal[citation needed] (South Vietnam)
Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Order (Military) (Singapore)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation '7:30 Report' TV program transcript, 27-02-2002.
  2. ^ It's an Honour – Companion of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2001
    Citation: For eminent service to the Australian Defence Force as Chief of the Defence Force.
  3. ^ It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 8 June 1998
    Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
  4. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia – 26 January 1994
    Citation: In recognition of service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly as Deputy Maritime Commander and Chief of Staff, Maritime HQ.
  5. ^ It's an Honour – Centenary Medal – 1 January 2001
    Citation: For service to Australian society as Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
  6. ^ It's an Honour – National Medal – 6 September 1978
Military offices
Preceded by
General John Baker
Chief of the Australian Defence Force
1998–2002
Succeeded by
General Peter Cosgrove
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Robert Walls
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Douglas Riding
Preceded by
Rear Admiral David Campbell
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould