Jørgen Garde

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Hans Jørgen Garde
Admiral Hans Jørgen Garde.jpg
Born 22 January 1939
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Died 3 August 1996(1996-08-03) (aged 57)
Vágar, Faroe Islands
Allegiance Denmark
Years of service 1960–1996
Rank Admiral

Hans Jørgen Garde (22 January 1939 in Frederiksberg – 3 August 1996 on Vágar, Faroe Islands) was a Danish admiral.

Garde was the Danish Chief of Defence from 1 April 1996 until his death. Garde died when the Gulfstream III he was travelling in with his wife crashed during final approach to Vágar Airport in bad weather and poor visibility. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the gold medal of the United States Naval Institute.[1]

Awards and Decorations[edit]

DNK Order of Danebrog Commander 1st Degree BAR.png Commander 1. class of the Order of Dannebrog
Denmark Medal RHkors.png Medal of Merit
DK Haederstegn for god tjeneste.png 25 Years of Good Service
RESOFF ASS R.png Badge of Honor of the Reserve Officers Association of Denmark
Ordre national du Merite GO ribbon.svg Grand Officer of National Order of Merit, (France)


  1. ^ "Hans Jørgen Garde". Den Store Danske (in Danish). 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jørgen Lyng
Chief of Defence
1 April 1996 — 3 August 1996†
Succeeded by
Christian Hvidt