Minister of Defence (Vietnam)

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Minister of Defence of Vietnam
Army (VPA) General Ngo Xuan Lich Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch (DOD photo 170808-D-GY869-123 SD meets with Vietnam's defense minister).jpg
Incumbent
Ngô Xuân Lịch

since April 9, 2016
Ministry of Defence
Style His Excellency
Member of Cabinet
Reports to The President
The Prime Minister
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Inaugural holder Chu Văn Tấn
Formation May 8, 1945
Succession Third
Deputy Vice Minister of Defence
Website www.mod.gov.vn

The Minister of Defence is the Government of Vietnam member in charge of the Ministry of Defence. The Minister of Defence directs the management functions of state for defense; responsible organization, construction, management and the highest commander of the Vietnam People's Army and Militia. Moreover, the Minister of Defence is the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, a Member of the Politburo and Member of Council for National Defense and Security. The current Vietnamese Minister of Defence is 4 star Army General Ngô Xuân Lịch, since 9 April 2016.

Chain of command[edit]

Lists of Ministers of Defence[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Rank
[note 2]
Prime Minister
Minister of Defence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
(1945–76)
1 Thượng tướng Chu Văn Tấn.jpg Chu Văn Tấn
(1909–1984)
May 8, 1945 March 1946
Ho Chi Minh
2
Phan Anh
(1912–1990)
March 1946 May 11, 1946
3 Vo Nguyen Giap3.jpg Võ Nguyên Giáp
(1911–2013)
May 11, 1946 May 8, 1947
4 Ta Quang Buu.jpg Ta Quang Buu
(1910–1986)
May 8, 1947 May 8, 1948
5 Vo Nguyen Giap3.jpg Võ Nguyên Giáp
(1911–2013)
May 8, 1948 July 2, 1976 5
Phạm Văn Đồng
7
Minister of Defence of the Republic of South Vietnam
(1969–76)
Tran Nam Trung
(1912–2009)
June 8, 1969 July 2, 1976
Huỳnh Tấn Phát
Minister of Defence of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
(1976–present)
5 Vo Nguyen Giap3.jpg Võ Nguyên Giáp
(1911–2013)
July 2, 1976 February 1980 4 Phạm Văn Đồng
6 Van Tien Dung 1954.jpg Văn Tiến Dũng
(1917–2002)
February 1980 February 16, 1987 6
7
Lê Đức Anh
(born 1920)
February 16, 1987 August 10, 1991 6 Phạm Văn Đồng
Phạm Hùng
Đỗ Mười
8 Đoàn Khuê.jpg Đoàn Khuê
(1923–1999)
August 10, 1991 December 29, 1997 5 Đỗ Mười
Võ Văn Kiệt
6
9 031110-D-9880W-005.jpg Phạm Văn Trà
(born 1935)
December 29, 1997 June 28, 2006 5 Phan Văn Khải
11
10 Phung Quang Thanh 2010.JPG Phùng Quang Thanh
(born 1949)
June 28, 2006 April 8, 2016 8 Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
2
11 Army (VPA) General Ngo Xuan Lich Đại tướng Ngô Xuân Lịch (DOD photo 170808-D-GY869-123 SD meets with Vietnam's defense minister).jpg Ngô Xuân Lịch
(born 1954)
April 9, 2016 Incumbent
Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These numbers are not official.
  2. ^ The Central Committee when it convenes for its first session after being elected by a National Party Congress elects the Politburo. The Politburo members are ranked in an official order of precedence every time the body is elected by the Central Committee.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van & Cooper 1983, p. 69.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Van, Canh Nguyen; Cooper, Earle (1983). Vietnam under Communism, 1975–1982. Hoover Press. ISBN 9780817978518.