Chief of the Naval Staff (Sweden)

The Chief of the Naval Staff[1] (Swedish: Chefen för marinstaben, CMS, or Marinstabschef) is the professional head of the Swedish Naval Staff. The post was created in 1907 with rear admiral Theodor Sandström as the first incumbent. The post disappeared in 1994 and was reintroduced in 2019 when the new Naval Staff was established.

Chief of the Naval Staff
Chefen för marinstaben
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg
Incumbent
Captain Fredrik Palmquist

since 1 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
TypeChief of the Naval Staff
AbbreviationCMS
Reports toChief of Navy
SeatBirger Jarlsgatan 7, Stockholm (1907–1942)
Banérgatan 62-64, Stockholm (1942–1981)
Lidingövägen 24, Stockholm (1981–1994)
Muskö naval base (2019–)
Term lengthNo fixed term
PrecursorChief of the Fleet Staff
Formation1907, 2019
First holderRear Admiral Theodor Sandström (1907)
Captain Håkan Magnusson (2019)
Final holderMajor General Lars G. Persson
Abolished1994
Unofficial namesMarinstabschef
DeputyVice Chief of the Naval Staff

HistoryEdit

The Chief of the Naval Staff post was created in 1907 after the Chief of the Fleet Staff was eliminated. The Chief of the Naval Staff was from 1936 to 1994 the second most senior member of the Swedish Navy after the Chief of the Navy and headed the Naval Staff. The position was initially held alternately by a rear admiral or a captain until 1964 when an officer of the Swedish Coastal Artillery for the first time was appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, and thus held the rank of major general. When the Naval Staff was disbanded in 1994, the office was eliminated. In 2019, the Naval Staff was re-established and a Chief of the Naval Staff was appointed again, this time held by a captain.

Chiefs of the Naval StaffEdit

Chiefs of the Naval Staff (1907–1994)Edit

No. Portrait Chief of the Naval Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Prime Minister Ref
1Sandström, TheodorRear admiral
Theodor Sandström
(1852–1911)
190719113–4 years 
Navy
Arvid Lindman-
2Ankarcrona, StenCaptain
Sten Ankarcrona
(1861–1936)
17 February 191130 September 1913[a]2 years, 225 days 
Navy
Karl Staaff[2]
3Sidner, LudvigVice admiral
Ludvig Sidner
(1851–1917)
1 October 1913[b]27 June 19162 years, 270 days 
Navy
Karl Staaff
Hjalmar Hammarskjöld
[3]
4Krusenstierna, Henning vonRear admiral
Henning von Krusenstierna
(1862–1933)
27 June 191623 March 192710 years, 269 days 
Navy
Hjalmar Hammarskjöld
Carl Swartz
Nils Edén
Hjalmar Branting
Gerhard Louis De Geer
[4]
5Lybeck, OttoRear admiral
Otto Lybeck
(1871–1947)
1 April 192719368–9 years 
Navy
Carl Gustaf Ekman
Arvid Lindman
Felix Hamrin
Per Albin Hansson
Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp
[5]
6Lindsström, ClaësRear admiral
Claës Lindsström
(1876–1964)
193619360 years 
Navy
Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp
Per Albin Hansson
-
7Champs, Charles deRear admiral
Charles de Champs
(1873–1959)
193619370–1 years 
Navy
Per Albin Hansson-
8Ehrensvärd, GöstaRear admiral[c]
Gösta Ehrensvärd
(1885–1973)
193719391–2 years 
Navy
Per Albin Hansson[6]
9Ekstrand, YngveCaptain
Yngve Ekstrand
(1888–1951)
193919422–3 years 
Navy
Per Albin Hansson-
10Strömbäck, HelgeRear admiral[d]
Helge Strömbäck
(1889–1960)
1 April 194219452–3 years 
Navy
Per Albin Hansson[7]
11Anderberg, ErikRear admiral
Erik Anderberg
(1892–1990)
194519504–5 years 
Navy
Per Albin Hansson, Tage Erlander-
12Wetterblad, RagnarCaptain
Ragnar Wetterblad
(1894–1988)
195019532–3 years 
Navy
Tage Erlander-
13Berthelsson, BertilRear admiral[e]
Bertil Berthelsson
(1902–1977)
195319573–4 years 
Navy
Tage Erlander[8]
14Blidberg, EinarRear admiral
Einar Blidberg
(1906–1993)
195719613–4 years 
Navy
Tage Erlander-
-Lindemalm, ÅkeRear admiral
Åke Lindemalm
(1910–2004)
Acting
196019610–1 years 
Navy
Tage Erlander-
-Krokstedt, OscarRear admiral
Oscar Krokstedt
(1908–1985)
Acting
196119610 years 
Navy
Tage Erlander-
15Krokstedt, OscarRear admiral
Oscar Krokstedt
(1908–1985)
196219641–2 years 
Navy
Tage Erlander-
16Lange, HenrikMajor general
Henrik Lange
(1908–2000)
196419683–4 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Tage Erlander-
17Westin, BoMajor general
Bo Westin
(1913–2009)
196819701–2 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Tage Erlander
Olof Palme
-
18Eklund, GunnarMajor general
Gunnar Eklund
(1920–2010)
197019721–2 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Olof Palme-
19Varenius, BoMajor general
Bo Varenius
(1918–1996)
1972198411–12 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Olof Palme
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Ola Ullsten
-
20Engberg, TorstenMajor general
Torsten Engberg
(1934–2018)
198419872–3 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Olof Palme
Ingvar Carlsson
-
21Persson, Lars G.Major general
Lars G. Persson
(born 1937)
198719946–7 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Ingvar Carlsson
Carl Bildt
-

Chiefs of the Naval Staff (2019–present)Edit

No. Portrait Chief of the Naval Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Prime Minister Ref
1Magnusson, HåkanCaptain
Håkan Magnusson
(born 1958)
1 January 201931 May 2019150 days 
Navy
Stefan Löfven[9]
2Palmquist, FredrikCaptain
Fredrik Palmquist
(born ?)
1 June 201931 December 20223 years, 213 days 
Navy
Stefan Löfven[10]

Vice Chiefs of the Naval StaffEdit

No. Portrait Vice/Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff Title Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Prime Minister Ref
1Smith, RagnarColonel[f]
Ragnar Smith
(1892–1975)
Vice Chief
(Souschef)
194119453–4 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Per Albin Hansson[11]
2Wesström, WaldemarColonel
Waldemar Wesström
(1894–1987)
Vice Chief
(Souschef)
194519548–9 years 
Navy
(Coastal Artillery)
Per Albin Hansson
Tage Erlander
[12]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Dismissed from the position on 19 July 1913.[2]
  2. ^ Appointed on 19 July 1913.[3]
  3. ^ Ehrensvärd was captain when taking office in 1937 and was promoted to rear admiral in 1938 while still in office.[6]
  4. ^ Strömbäck was captain when taking office on 1 April 1942 and was promoted to rear admiral on 1 October 1943 while still in office.[7]
  5. ^ Berthelsson was captain when taking office in 1953 and was promoted to rear admiral in 1954 while still in office.[8]
  6. ^ Smith was lieutenant colonel when taking office in 1941 and was promoted to colonel in 1942 while still in office.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gullberg 1977, p. 134
  2. ^ a b Lybeck 1920, p. 12
  3. ^ a b Nevéus 2003–2006, p. 126
  4. ^ Wikland 1975–1977, p. 634
  5. ^ Åberg 1982–1984, p. 424
  6. ^ a b Harnesk 1948, p. 241
  7. ^ a b Gäfvert 2013–2019, p. 20
  8. ^ a b Davidsson 1968, p. 518
  9. ^ "PÅ NY POST" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (1): 9. 2019. SELIBR 4109339. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "PÅ NY POST" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (3): 9. 2019. SELIBR 4109339. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b Andersson 2003–2006, p. 571
  12. ^ Harnesk 1962, p. 1375

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