Chief of Defence (Denmark)

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Chief of the Danish Defence
Forsvarschefen
Emblem of the Chief of Defence (Denmark).svg
Chief of Defence Coat of Arms
Standard of the Chief of the Defense Staff of Denmark.svg
Standard of the Chief of Defence
Bjørn Bisserup General 2017.jpg
Incumbent
General Bjørn Bisserup

since 10 January 2017
Logo of Ministry of Defence (Denmark).svg Ministry of Defence
Member ofDefence Command of Denmark
Reports to Defence Minister of Denmark
Term lengthFive years (renewable)
Formation27 May 1950
First holderAdmiral Erhard J.C. Qvistgaard
DeputyM.A.L.T. Nielsen
WebsiteOfficial 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), 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 was traditionally rotated evenly between the army, navy and air force; this tradition was 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 195030 September 196211 years, 364 daysEmblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
2
Kurt Rudolph Ramberg
Ramberg, Kurt RudolphGeneral
Kurt Rudolph Ramberg
(1908–1997)
1 October 196230 November 197210 years, 60 daysRoyal Danish Air Force wings.svg
Air force
3
Otto Blixenkrone-Møller
Blixenkrone-Möller, OttoGeneral
Otto Blixenkrone-Møller
(1912–2006)
1 December 197230 April 19774 years, 150 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
4
Knud Jørgensen
Jörgensen, KnudGeneral
Knud Jørgensen
(1919–1990)
1 May 197730 September 19847 years, 152 daysRoyal Danish Air Force wings.svg
Air force
5
Otto K. Lind
Lind, Otto KatharusGeneral
Otto K. Lind
(1920–2000)
1 October 198430 November 19851 year, 60 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
6
Sven Eigil Thiede
Thiede, Sven EigilAdmiral
Sven Eigil Thiede
(1924–2005)
1 December 198531 October 19893 years, 334 daysEmblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
7
Jørgen Lyng
Lyng, JörgenGeneral
Jørgen Lyng
(born 1934)
1 November 198931 March 19966 years, 151 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
8
Hans Jørgen Garde
Garde, Hans JörgenAdmiral
Hans Jørgen Garde
(1939–1996)
[b]
1 April 19963 August 1996 †124 daysEmblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
9
Christian Hvidt
Hvidt, ChristianGeneral
Christian Hvidt
(born 1942)
20 August 199630 September 20026 years, 41 daysRoyal Danish Air Force wings.svg
Air force
10
Hans Jesper Helsø
Helsö, Hans JesperGeneral
Hans Jesper Helsø
(born 1948)
1 October 200231 July 20085 years, 304 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
11
Tim Sloth Jørgensen
Jörgensen, Tim SlothAdmiral
Tim Sloth Jørgensen
(born 1951)
1 August 20084 October 20091 year, 64 daysEmblem of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Navy
Bjørn Bisserup
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General
Bjørn Bisserup
(born 1960)
Acting
5 October 200915 November 200941 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
12
Knud Bartels
Bartels, KnudGeneral
Knud Bartels
(born 1952)
16 November 20092 January 20122 years, 47 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
Bjørn Bisserup
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General
Bjørn Bisserup
(born 1960)
Acting
2 January 201220 March 201278 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
13
Peter Bartram
Bartram, PeterGeneral
Peter Bartram
(born 1961)
[3]
20 March 201210 January 20174 years, 296 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army
14
Bjørn Bisserup
Bisserup, BjörnGeneral
Bjørn Bisserup
(born 1960)
[4][5]
10 January 2017Incumbent2 years, 156 daysCoat of arms of the Royal Danish Army.svg
Army

Timeline[edit]

Bjørn BisserupPeter BartramKnud BartelsTim Sloth JørgensenHans Jesper HelsøChristian HvidtHans Jørgen GardeJørgen LyngSven Eigil ThiedeOtto K. LindKnud JørgensenOtto Blixenkrone-MøllerKurt RambergErhard J.C. Qvistgaard

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defence.
  2. ^ 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.