Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom)
The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) is the deputy to the Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces. The position was titled Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff before 1964. From 1966 to 1978 the post was occupied by a 3 star officer. From 1978 onwards the post has been held by a 4 star officer.
|Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff|
Rank insignia of the incumbent as per branch
Air Chief Marshal
|Inaugural holder||Air Chief Marshal|
Sir Alfred Earle
List of Vice Chiefs of the Defence Staff
- Vice Chief of Defence Staff Ministry of Defence
- "V: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND TRI-SERVICE SENIOR APPOINTMENTS" (PDF). Retrieved 11 February 2012.