- Chris Barrie (admiral)
Christopher Alexander Barrie
Born 29 May 1945
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
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Born in Sydney, Barrie was educated at North Sydney Boys High School and joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1961. During his early Naval training, he completed service on HMAS 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.
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.
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, Admiral 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.
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (2001) Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (1998) Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1994) Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 General Service Medal Vietnam Medal Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 Centenary Medal (2001) Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star (40–44 years service) National Medal (1978) Australian Defence Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal (Republic of Vietnam)
- ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation '7:30 Report' TV program transcript, 27-02-2002.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ It's an Honour - Centenary Medal - 1 January 2001
Citation: For service to Australian society as Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
- ^ It's an Honour - National Medal - 06 September 1978
- Vietnam War Nominal Roll entry
- CDF Biography Wayback Machine archive of Admiral Barrie's Defence biography as Chief of the Defence Force. Archived 17 December 2001, accessed 23 August 2005.
- Senior Military Appointments Government press release detailing the military appointments for 2000.
- Official portrait of ADM Barrie in "whites" wearing the "old" Admiral (Australia) shoulder-boards lo-res hi-res
Military offices Preceded by
General John Baker
Chief of the Australian Defence Force
1998 – 2002
General Peter Cosgrove
Vice Admiral Robert Walls
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
1997 – 1998
Air Marshal Douglas Riding
Rear Admiral ?
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
1996 – 1997
Rear Admiral ?
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Chief of Defence Force Staff Chief of the Defence Force Vice Chief of the Defence Force
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