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The Chief of Defence (Forsvarssjefen) is the highest-ranking officer of the Military of Norway, second only to the King of Norway. Even though he holds the same rank as the King of Norway, according to the Norwegian Constitution the King holds the highest command of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Home Guard.

Chief of Defence
Forsvarssjefen
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Coat of arms for the Chief of Defence
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Standard for the Chief of Defence
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Incumbent
Haakon Bruun-Hanssen

since 19 November 2013
Ministry of Defence
TypeActive
Reports toMinister of Defence
AppointerThe Prime Minister
with approval from The Council of State
Term lengthNo fixed length
Formation18 May 1940
First holderOtto Ruge

The Chief of Defence is the top advisor to the Government regarding military issues. He is responsible for carrying out the mission the King or Minister of Defence gives to the Military. He is also Norway's representative to NATO's military committee.[1]

The post was first established in 1940,[2][3] and is currently held by Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.[4]

List of Chiefs of DefenceEdit

Chief of Defence Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Ruge, OttoMajor General
Otto Ruge
(1882–1961)
18 May 19409 June 194022 days  Army
Fleischer, Carl GustavMajor General
Carl Gustav Fleischer
(1883–1942)
Acting
10 June 194022 February 19421 year, 257 days  Army
2Hansteen, Wilhelm von TangenMajor General
Wilhelm von Tangen Hansteen
(1896–1980)
23 February 194230 June 19442 years, 128 days  Army
3OlavHRH Crown Prince
Olav
(1903–1991)
1 July 194415 July 19451 year, 14 days  Army
(1)Ruge, OttoLieutenant General
Otto Ruge
(1882–1961)
16 July 194531 December 1945168 days  Army
-Corneliussen, EliasRear Admiral
Elias Corneliussen
(1881–1951)
Acting
1 January 194631 May 1946150 days  Navy
-Hansson, HalvorMajor General
Halvor Hansson
(1886–1956)
Acting
1 June 194631 July 194660 days  Army
4Berg, OleLieutenant General
Ole Berg
(1890–1968)
(as Chief of the Defence Staff)
1 August 194631 October 19559 years, 91 days  Army
5Lambrechts, FinnLieutenant General
Finn Lambrechts
(1900–1956)
(as Chief of the Defence Staff)
1 November 19558 December 1956 †1 year, 37 days  Air Force
6Øen, BjarneLieutenant General
Bjarne Øen
(1898–1994)
(as Chief of the Defence Staff)
10 January 195731 December 19625 years, 355 days  Air Force
(6)Øen, BjarneLieutenant General
Bjarne Øen
(1898–1994)
1 January 196331 December 1963364 days  Air Force
7Johannessen, Folke Hauger(Vice) Admiral
Folke Hauger Johannessen
(1913–1997)
1 January 196431 December 19728 years, 365 days  Navy
8Zeiner-Gundersen, Herman FredrikGeneral
Herman Fredrik Zeiner-Gundersen
(1915–2002)
1 February 197220 March 19775 years, 47 days  Army
9Hamre, Sverre B.General
Sverre B. Hamre
(1918–1990)
21 March 197730 June 19825 years, 70 days  Army
10Hauge, SvenGeneral
Sven Hauge
(1923–1997)
1 July 198230 June 19841 year, 365 days  Air Force
11Bull-Hansen, FredrikGeneral
Fredrik Bull-Hansen
(1927–2018)
1 July 198431 August 19873 years, 61 days  Army
12Eide, VigleikGeneral
Vigleik Eide
(1933–2011)
31 August 19875 September 19892 years, 5 days  Army
13Rein, TorolfAdmiral
Torolf Rein
(born 1934)
5 September 198931 October 19945 years, 56 days  Navy
14Solli, ArneGeneral
Arne Solli
(1938–2017)
31 October 199430 April 19994 years, 181 days  Army
15Frisvold, SigurdGeneral
Sigurd Frisvold
(born 1947)
1 May 199931 March 20055 years, 334 days  Army
16Diesen, SverreGeneral
Sverre Diesen
(born 1949)
1 April 200530 September 20094 years, 182 days  Army
17Sunde, HaraldGeneral
Harald Sunde[5]
(born 1954)
1 October 200919 November 20134 years, 49 days  Army
18Bruun-Hanssen, HaakonAdmiral
Haakon Bruun-Hanssen[5]
(born 1960)
19 November 2013Incumbent5 years, 183 days  Navy

References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ Overview of the Chief of Defence of Norway position and a listing of holders (in Norwegian) Archived 2009-09-15 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Derry, T.K. (1972). A History of Modern Norway: 1814—1972. Clarendon Press, Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-822503-4.
  3. ^ Kersaudy, François (1987). Norway 1940. St. Martin's Press, New York. ISBN 0-312-06427-6.
  4. ^ http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fd/whats-new/News/20121/admiral-haakon-bruun-hanssen-appointed-n.html?id=745827
  5. ^ a b "Norway has appointed a new Chief of Defence". Regjeringen.no, 21 June 2013, webpage: Regj398.