Tim Barrett (admiral)

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Timothy William Barrett
Tim Barrett.jpg
Tim Barrett in September 2016
Born (1959-01-08) 8 January 1959 (age 58)
Helston, United Kingdom
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1976 – present
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Navy
Commander Australian Fleet
Border Protection Command
Defence Force Recruiting
Navy Aviation Group
HMAS Albatross
817 Squadron RAN
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)
Officer of Legion of Honour (France)
Tim Barrett (left) with Admiral John Richardson of the USN in February 2016

Vice Admiral Timothy William "Tim" Barrett, AO, CSC (born 8 January 1959)[1] is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy and the current Chief of Navy, succeeding Vice Admiral Ray Griggs on 30 June 2014. Barrett previously served as Commander Australian Fleet from 2011 to 2014.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Barrett was born in the Cornwall parish of Helston, England, on 8 January 1959. He emigrated to Australia, aged 11, in 1970.[4]

Military career[edit]

Barrett received a Bachelor of Arts in history and politics as well as a Master of Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales.[3]

Barrett has served as both aircrew with the Fleet Air Arm and as a seaman officer on a number of ships, including as flight commander aboard HMAS Stalwart, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra.[3]

Barrett assumed command of Border Protection Command on 9 February 2010, succeeding Rear Admiral Allan du Toit.[5]

On 4 April 2014, Barrett's promotion to vice admiral and selection to succeed Ray Griggs as Chief of Navy (CN) was announced, to take place mid-year.[6] He was subsequently advanced in rank during a ceremony presided by General David Hurley on 24 June, and assumed command as CN six days later.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png CSC Australia ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png

DFSM with Fed Star.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon.png Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (9 June 2014)[8]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (26 January 2009)[9]
CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) (26 January 2006)[10]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star for 40–44 years service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon.png Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore) (28 June 2016)[11]
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of Legion of Honour (France) (8 April 2017)


  1. ^ Styles, Aja (24 May 2011). "Navy border chief defends Christmas Island response". WA Today. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Fleet Commander farewelled as new Admiral takes the weight
  3. ^ a b c "Rear Admiral Tim Barrett". Royal Australian Navy. Australian Government. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rear Adm. (Tim) Timothy William Barrett". Who's Who in Australia Online. Crown Content. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Navy News (18 February 2010). "Rear Admiral Barrett goes from Albatross to the border". South Coast Register. Nowra, New South Wales: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  6. ^ AAP (4 July 2014). "Air Marshal Mark Binskin has been announced as the new head of the Australian defence force.". SBS News. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Raymond Griggs [@https://twitter.com/CN_Australia] (24 June 2014). "@DavidHurley_CDF last night promoted VADM Tim Barrett who will next week succeed me as @CN_Australia – congrats Tim." (Tweet). Retrieved 25 June 2014 – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Officer of the Order of Australia – 9 June 2014 Citation: For distinguished service as Commander Border Protection Command and Commander Australian Fleet Command.
  9. ^ "Barrett, Timothy William – Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Barrett, Timothy William – Conspicuous Service Cross". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Australian Navy Chief Receives Prestigious Military Award". Singapore Government. Singapore Government Media Releases. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Ray Griggs
Chief of Navy
2014 –
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore
Commander Australian Fleet
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Allan du Toit
Border Protection Command
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral David Johnston