Chief of Defence (Denmark)

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Chief of Defence of Denmark
Forsvarschefen
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Chief of Defence Coat of Arms
Standard of the Chief of the Defense Staff of Denmark.svg
Standard of the Chief of Defence
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Incumbent
General Bjørn Bisserup

since 10 January 2017
Ministry of Defence
Member of Defence Command of Denmark
Reports to Defence Minister of Denmark
Formation 27 May 1950
First holder Admiral Erhard J.C. Qvistgaard
Deputy Per Ludvigsen
Website Official Website
The Chief of Defence insignia used by Otto K. Lind

The Chief of Defence of Denmark (Danish: Forsvarschefen), under responsibility of the Defence minister, is the Chief of Defence and commander[a] of the Royal Danish Army, the Royal Danish Navy and the Royal Danish Air Force. The Chief of Defence is the military adviser to the Defence minister and head of the Defence Command.

The Chief of Defence is the highest-ranking military officer in Denmark and has the rank of four-star General (or Admiral if from the Navy) (OF-9),[b] and supervises roughly 93% of all military spending in Denmark.[1]

The Danish Home Guard and Defence intelligence is directly under the Ministry of Defence, only in times of war will the Home Guard Command be transferred to the Defence Command, and thus come under the authority of the Chief of Defence.

The job is traditionally rotated evenly between the army, navy and air force. This tradition has been abandoned in 2009. There is no fixed length of time associated with the position, the contract however currently has to be renewed every 5 years.[2]

List of Chiefs of Defence[edit]

Chief of Defence Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Erhard J.C. Qvistgaard
Qvistgaard, Erhard Jörgen CarlAdmiral Erhard J.C. Qvistgaard
(1898–1980)
1 October 1950 30 September 1962 11 years, 364 days Emblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
2
Kurt Rudolph Ramberg
Ramberg, Kurt RudolphGeneral Kurt Rudolph Ramberg
(1908–1997)
1 October 1962 30 November 1972 10 years, 60 days Royal Danish Air Force wings.svg
Air force
3
Otto Blixenkrone-Møller
Blixenkrone-Möller, OttoGeneral Otto Blixenkrone-Møller
(1912–2006)
1 December 1972 30 April 1977 4 years, 150 days Army
4
Knud Jørgensen
Jörgensen, KnudGeneral Knud Jørgensen
(1919–1990)
1 May 1977 30 September 1984 7 years, 152 days Royal Danish Air Force wings.svg
Air force
5
Otto K. Lind
Lind, Otto KatharusGeneral Otto K. Lind
(1919–1990)
1 October 1984 30 November 1985 1 year, 60 days Army
6
Sven Eigil Thiede
Thiede, Sven EigilAdmiral Sven Eigil Thiede
(1924–2005)
1 December 1985 31 October 1989 3 years, 334 days Emblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
7
Jørgen Lyng
Lyng, JörgenGeneral Jørgen Lyng
(born 1934)
1 November 1989 31 March 1996 6 years, 151 days Army
8
Hans Jørgen Garde
Garde, Hans JörgenAdmiral Hans Jørgen Garde
(1939–1996)
[c]
1 April 1996 3 August 1996 † 124 days Emblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
9
Christian Hvidt
Hvidt, ChristianGeneral Christian Hvidt
(born 1942)
20 August 1996 30 September 2002 6 years, 41 days Royal Danish Air Force wings.svg
Air force
10
Hans Jesper Helsø
Helsö, Hans JesperGeneral Hans Jesper Helsø
(born 1948)
1 October 2002 31 July 2008 5 years, 304 days Army
11
Tim Sloth Jørgensen
Jörgensen, Tim SlothAdmiral Tim Sloth Jørgensen
(born 1951)
1 August 2008 4 October 2009 1 year, 64 days Emblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
Bjørn Bisserup
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General Bjørn Bisserup (Acting)
(born 1960)
5 October 2009 15 November 2009 41 days Army
12
Knud Bartels
Bartels, KnudGeneral Knud Bartels
(born 1952)
16 November 2009 2 January 2012 2 years, 47 days Army
Bjørn Bisserup
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General Bjørn Bisserup (Acting)
(born 1960)
2 January 2012 20 March 2012 78 days Army
13
Peter Bartram
Bartram, PeterGeneral Peter Bartram
(born 1961)
[3]
20 March 2012 10 January 2017 4 years, 296 days Army
14
Bjørn Bisserup
Bisserup, BjörnGeneral Bjørn Bisserup
(born 1960)
[4][5]
10 January 2017 Incumbent 254 days Army

Timeline[edit]

Bjørn Bisserup Peter Bartram Knud Bartels Tim Sloth Jørgensen Hans Jesper Helsø Christian Hvidt Hans Jørgen Garde Jørgen Lyng Sven Eigil Thiede Otto K. Lind Knud Jørgensen Otto Blixenkrone-Møller Kurt Ramberg Erhard J.C. Qvistgaard

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defence.
  2. ^ Prince Henrik, Prince consort of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, holds this rank à la suite.
  3. ^ Died in a plane crash.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Defence Command Denmark (16 January 2017). "The Chief of Defence". forsvaret.dk. Defence Command Denmark. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  2. ^ /ritzau/ (10 November 2016). "Here is Denmark's New Chief of Defence". b.dk (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Defence (20 March 2012). "New Chief of Defence". fmn.dk. Danish Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Therkildsen, Thomas Funding; Redder, Hans. "Here is the New Chief of Defence". tv2.dk (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Ritzau. "Chief of Defence Stopping: I'm ready for a career change". tv2-dk (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 10 November 2016.