Chief of the Royal Danish Navy

The Chief of the Royal Danish Navy is the professional head of the Royal Danish Navy. Originally the position was held by the Admiralty and Commissioners College, which existed from 1660 until the end of absolute monarchy in 1848.[1] Following the end of absolutism, the Minister of the Navy was created becoming the highest position in the Navy.[2] With the collection of the Ministry of the Navy and the War Minister in 1905, command of the navy was moved again.[3] Following the creation of the Defence Command in 1969, the commands for the three branches was collected, giving power to the Chief of Defence. On 1 January 2019, as part of the Danish Defence Agreement 2018–23, the Danish name was changed Naval Command.[4]

Chief of the Naval Command
Chef for Søværnskommandoen
Coat of Arms
Rank flag for Counter admirals
Incumbent
Rear admiral Torben Mikkelsen

since 1 June 2017
 Royal Danish Navy
Member ofDefence Command
Reports toChief of Defence
Term lengthNo fixed length

The current Chief of the Naval Command is Rear admiral Torben Mikkelsen (appointed 1 June 2017).

List of chiefs

Chiefs of the Naval Command

No. Chief of the Naval CommandTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1
Wandel, CarlVice admiral
Carl Frederik Wandel
(1843–1930)
5 March 19091 August 19112 years, 180 days[5][6][7]
2
Kofoed-Hansen, OttoVice admiral
Otto Joachim Moltke Kofoed-Hansen
(1854–1918)
as Chief of the Fleet High Command
1 August 191111 April 1918 6 years, 222 days[8][9]
3
Evers, Anton FerdinandVice admiral
Anton Ferdinand Mazanti Evers
(1857–1951)
27 April 191831 March 19234 years, 338 days[10]
4
Konow, HenriVice admiral
Henri Konow
(1862–1939)
31 March 19237 February 19273 years, 313 days[11]
5
Amdrup, Georg CarlVice admiral
Georg Carl Amdrup
(1866–1947)
7 February 19271 April 19325 years, 54 days[12]
6
Rechnitzer, HjalmarVice admiral
Hjalmar Rechnitzer
(1872–1953)
1 April 193210 May 19408 years, 39 days[13]
-
Crèvecoeur, EmmanuelRear admiral
Emmanuel Briand de Crèvecoeur
(1882–1968)
Acting
10 May 194025 July 19411 year, 76 days[14][15]
-
Vedel, AageRear admiral
A. H. Vedel
(1894–1981)
Acting
25 July 19411 August 194138 days[16]
7
Vedel, AageVice admiral
A. H. Vedel
(1894–1981)
1 August 194129 August 19431 year, 301 days[16]
Vacant
No chief following Operation Safari
(7)
Vedel, AageVice admiral
A. H. Vedel
(1894–1981)
5 May 194531 May 195813 years, 26 days[16]
8
Nyholm, HansVice admiral
Hans Alfred Nyholm
(1898–1964)
31 May 19581 June 19613 years, 1 day[17]
9
Pontoppidan, Svend ErikVice admiral
Svend Erik Pontoppidan
(1900–1987)
1 June 196130 November 19654 years, 182 days[18][19]
10
Thostrup, Sven StøckelVice admiral
Sven Støckel Thostrup
(1915–2006)
1 December 19651 January 19704 years, 32 days[20][21]

Chiefs of the Navy

No. Chief of the NavyTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1
Brinck-Lund, OleRear admiral
Ole Brinck-Lund
(1918–2008)
1 January 197030 April 19733 years, 119 days[22]
2
Lange, Niels FærgemannRear admiral
Niels Færgemann Lange
(1919–2006)
1 May 197330 September 19741 year, 153 days[22]
3
Petersen, Henrik MariusRear admiral
Henrik Marius Petersen
(1919–1978)
1 October 19742 May 1978 3 years, 213 days[22]
-
Nielsen, HelgeCommodore
Helge Nielsen (officer)
(1921–2013)
Acting
2 May 197831 May 197829 days[22]
4
Heisterberg-Andersen, Fritz CarlRear admiral
Fritz Carl Heisterberg-Andersen
(1918–1984)
1 June 197830 September 19791 year, 121 days[22]
-
Laursen, Tage NikolajCommodore
Tage Nikolaj Laursen
(1920–?)
Acting
1 October 197931 October 197930 days[22]
(2)
Lange, Niels FærgemannRear admiral
Niels Færgemann Lange
(1919–2006)
1 November 197931 January 1980122 days[22]
5
Thiede, Sven EigilRear admiral
Sven Eigil Thiede
(1924–2005)
1 February 198030 April 19833 years, 88 days[22]

Inspector of the Navy

No. Inspector of the NavyTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1
Thiede, Sven EigilRear admiral
Sven Eigil Thiede
(1924–2005)
1 July 198230 April 1983303 days[22]
2
Fischer, Johan OlfertRear admiral
Johan Olfert Fischer
(1925–?)
1 May 198330 September 19841 year, 153 days[22]
3
Bork, Jørgen FritsRear admiral
Jørgen Frits Bork
(1927–2017)
1 October 198431 March 19883 years, 182 days[22][23]
4
Garde, JørgenRear admiral
Jørgen Garde
(1939–1996)
1 April 198831 October 19891 year, 213 days[22]
5
Borck, Knud Erik JohanRear admiral
Knud Erik Johan Borck
(1940–2011)
1 November 19891 January 199061 days[22][24]

Chiefs of the Admiral Danish Fleet

No. Chief of the Admiral Danish FleetTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1
Borck, Knud Erik JohanRear admiral
Knud Erik Johan Borck
(1940–2011)
1 January 199030 April 19955 years, 119 days[22]
2
Winther, Kristen HustedRear admiral
Kristen Husted Winther
(born 1946)
1 May 199530 June 20005 years, 60 days[22]
3
Jörgensen, Tim SlothRear admiral
Tim Sloth Jørgensen
(born 1951)
1 July 200031 July 20022 years, 30 days[22]
4
Jensen, Kurt BirgerRear admiral
Kurt Birger Jensen
(born 1949)
1 August 200231 July 20052 years, 364 days[22]
5
Wang, Nils ChristianRear admiral
Nils Christian Wang
(born 1958)
1 August 200531 August 20105 years, 30 days[22][25]
6
Hansen, FinnRear admiral
Finn Hansen
(born 1957)
1 September 20101 April 20132 years, 212 days[22][26]
-
Leisborch, JanFlotilla admiral
Jan Leisborch
(born 1954)
Acting
1 April 201315 April 201314 days[27]
7
Trojahn, FrankRear admiral
Frank Trojahn
(born 1963)
15 April 201330 September 20141 year, 168 days[22][27]

Chiefs of the Naval Staff

No. Chief of the Naval StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1
Trojahn, FrankRear admiral
Frank Trojahn
(born 1963)
1 October 201431 March 20172 years, 242 days[22][27]
2
Mikkelsen, TorbenRear admiral
Torben Mikkelsen
(born 1963)
1 June 201731 December 20181 year, 213 days[28]

Chiefs of the Naval Command

No. Chief of the Naval CommandTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1
Mikkelsen, TorbenRear admiral
Torben Mikkelsen
(born 1963)
1 January 2019Incumbent332 days.

See also

References

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  3. Ministry of Defence (6 April 2016). "Forsvarsministeriets historie". fmn.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. "Forsvarschefen om implementeringen af Forsvarsforliget". DSM (in Danish). Retrieved 31 January 2019.
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