|Barrie Lawson West|
11 January 1934 |
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1952–1989|
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
In 1968, he became an exchange officer with the United States Navy for three years.
On his return to Australia, West spent 12 years in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, at the Navy Headquarters, including postings as:
- Secretary to the Chief of Naval Staff (as a captain)
- Deputy Chief of Naval Materiel (as commodore)
He retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 1989.
West was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (Military Division) in the 1988 Australia Day Honours for services to the navy as Chief of Naval Materiel. He is also entitled to wear the National Medal with clasp.