Admiral Christopher Alexander Barrie

ADML Christopher Barrie

Born in Sydney, Chris Barrie was educated at North Sydney Boys High School. He joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1961and during his early naval training served in HMA Ships Anzac, Vampire and Melbourne. Postings to the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and HMS Excellent followed.

Barrie was a member of the commissioning crew of HMAS Brisbane and he later served in her during a seven month tour of duty in Vietnam, in 1969.

Later appointments included: commanding officer HMAS Buccaneer, operations and navigating officer in HMS Eastbourne, HMAS Perth and HMAS Duchess, executive officer in HMAS Vampire, and 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 that post until his retirement in 2002; he 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.

Barrie's military service was recognised when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1994, promoted to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 1998 and became a Companion to the Order of Australia (AC) in January 2001.

Admiral Christopher Barrie retired from the permanent Navy on 3 July 2002.