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List of Defence Ministers of Thailand

This is list of defence ministers of Thailand. Aside from Prime Ministers holding the post concurrently, all ministers have been active-duty or retired flag officers.[1]

Minister of Defence of Thailand
รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหม
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Prawit Wongsuwon in Washington - 2018 (39846762430) (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
General Prawit Wongsuwan

since 30 August 2014
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerHM the King
Inaugural holderChao Phraya Mahasaena
Formation1782
Websitehttp://www.mod.go.th

Contents

Chancellor of DefenceEdit

List of Siamese Chancellors of Defence (Thai: สมุหกลาโหม, Samuha Kalahom)

No.
(Term)
Portrait Name Took office Left office
1   Chao Phraya Mahasaena (Plee) 1782 1793
2   Chao Phraya Akkaramahasaena (Bunnag) 1793 1805
3   Chao Phraya Mahasaena (Pin) 1805 1809
4   Chao Phraya Mahasaena (Boonma) 1805 ?
5   Chao Phraya Worawongsasurasak (Sang Wongsaroj) ? 1809
6   Chao Phraya Mahasaena (Sung) 1822 Early period of King Nangklao
7   Chao Phraya Mahasaena (Sung) ? 1830
8   Somdet Chao Phraya Borom Maha Prayurawongse (Dis Bunnag) 1830 ?
9   Somdet Chao Phraya Borom Maha Si Suriyawongse (Chuang Bunnag) 1855 1869
10   Chao Phraya Surawongwaiwat (Worn Bunnag) 1869 1888
11   Chao Phraya Rattanatibet (Poom Srichaiyant) 1888 1894

Minister of Defence of SiamEdit

List of Siamese Ministers of Defense (Thai: เสนาบดีกลาโหม, Senabodi Kalahom)

No.
(term)
Portrait Name Took office Left office
12   General HRH Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong 1894 1899
13   Major General HRH Prince Prachaksinlapakhom 1899 1901
14   Field Marshal HRH Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse 1901 1910
15   Field Marshal HRH Prince Chirapravati Voradej 11 December 1910[2] 4 February 1913[2]
16   Field Marshal Chao Phraya Bodindechanuchit (M.R. Arun Chatrakul) 1913 26 August 1921
17   General Chao Phraya Bodindechanuchit (Yeam Na Nagara) 26 August 1921 4 August 1926
18   Field Marshal HRH Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu 24 August 1926 31 March 1928
19   General HH Prince Boworadet 1 April 1928 19 June 1931
20   Admiral HRH Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha 8 November 1931[3] 19 June 1932
21   Vice Admiral Phraya Ratchawangsan (Sri Kamalanavin) 12 August 1932 10 December 1932
22   Major General Phraya Prasertsongkram (Tiap Komkris) 29 June 1933 11 August 1933

Minister of Defence of ThailandEdit

List of Minister of Defence of Thailand (Thai: รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหม Ratthamontri Wakarn Kasuang Kalahom)

No.
(term)
Portrait Name Cabinet Took office Left office Prime minister
21
(1,2)
  Vice Admiral Phraya Ratchawangsan (Sri Kamalanavin) 2 10 December 1932 1 April 1933 Phraya Manopakorn Nititada
3 1 April 1933 20 June 1933
22
(1,2)
  Major General Phraya Prasertsongkram (Tiap Komkris) 4 21 June 1933 16 December 1933 Phot Phahonyothin
5 16 December 1933 1 April 1934
23   Colonel Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena
(Phot Phahonyothin)
5 1 April 1934 22 September 1934
24
(1-4)
  Major General Plaek Phibunsongkhram 6 22 September 1934 9 August 1937
7 10 August 1937 21 December 1937
8 21 December 1937 16 December 1938
9 21 December 1938 19 August 1941 Plaek Phibunsongkhram
25   General Mangkorn Phromyothi 9 19 August 1941 15 December 1941
24
(5-6)
  Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram 9 15 December 1941 7 March 1942
10 10 March 1942 15 November 1943
26   Lieutenant General Phichit Kriangsakphichit 10 15 November 1943 1 August 1944
27   Admiral Sindhu Kamalanavin 11 2 August 1944 31 August 1945 Khuang Aphaiwong
28
(1,2)
  Lieutenant General Chit Munsilpa Sinadyodharaksa 12 31 August 1945 17 September 1945 Tawee Boonyaket
13 19 September 1945 14 October 1945 Seni Pramoj
29
(1)
  Lieutenant General Jira Wichitsongkhram 13 14 October 1945 31 January 1946
28
(3)
  Lieutenant General Chit Munsilpa Sinadyodharaksa 14 2 February 1946 24 March 1946 Khuang Aphaiwong
29
(2-5)
  Lieutenant General Jira Wichitsongkhram 15 24 March 1946 11 June 1946 Pridi Banomyong
16 11 June 1946 23 August 1946
17 24 August 1946 30 May 1947 Thawan Thamrongnawasawat
18 31 May 1947 8 November 1947
30
(1-3)
  Lieutenant General Suk Chatnakrob 19 11 November 1947 21 February 1948 Khuang Aphaiwong
20 25 February 1948 8 April 1948
21 15 April 1948 25 June 1949 Plaek Phibunsongkhram
24
(7-10)
  Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram 22 28 June 1949 29 November 1951
23 29 November 1951 6 December 1951
24 8 December 1951 23 March 1952
25 23 March 1952 26 February 1957
31   Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat 26 31 March 1957 16 September 1957 Pote Sarasin
32   Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn 27 23 September 1957 26 December 1957 Pote Sarasin
28 1 January 1958 20 October 1958 Thanom Kittikachorn
29 10 February 1958 8 December 1962 Sarit Thanarat
30 11 December 1962 7 March 1969 Thanom Kittikachorn
31 11 March 1969 17 November 1971
32 19 December 1972 14 October 1973
33   Air Chief Marshal Dawee Chullasapya 33 16 October 1973 22 May 1974 Sanya Dharmasakti
34   General Kruyn Sutathanin 34 30 May 1974 22 May 1975 Sanya Dharmasakti
35   General Tawich Seneewong 35 15 February 1975 13 March 1975 Seni Pramoj
36   Major General Pramarn Adireksarn 36 17 March 1975 12 January 1976 Kukrit Pramoj
37   General Kris Sivara 37 21 April 1976 28 April 1976 Seni Pramoj
35
(2)
  General Tawich Seneewong 37 28 April 1976 24 August 1976 Seni Pramoj
38   Mom Rajawongse Seni Pramoj 37 27 August 1976 23 September 1976 Seni Pramoj
39   Admiral Sangad Chaloryu 38 5 October 1976 6 October 1976 Seni Pramoj
39 22 October 1976 20 October 1977 Thanin Kraivichien
40   General Lek Neawmalee 40 12 November 1977 11 August 1977 Kriangsak Chamanan
41   General Kriangsak Chamanan 40 11 August 1977 11 May 1979 Kriangsak Chamanan
42   General Prem Tinsulanonda 41 24 May 1979 3 March 1980 Kriangsak Chamanan
42 21 March 1980 19 March 1983 Prem Tinsulanonda
43 7 May 1983 5 August 1986
43   General Paniang Kantarath 44 11 August 1986 3 August 1988 Prem Tinsulanonda
44
(1)
  General Chatichai Choonhavan 45 4 August 1988 29 March 1990 Chatichai Choonhavan
45
(1)
  General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 45 30 March 1990 3 August 1990 Chatichai Choonhavan
44
(2,3)
  General Chatichai Choonhavan 45 21 June 1990 9 December 1990 Chatichai Choonhavan
46 14 December 1990 23 February 1991
46   Admiral Praphat Kritsanajun 47 6 March 1991 22 March 1992 Anand Panyarachun
47   General Suchinda Kraprayoon 48 17 April 1992 24 May 1992 Suchinda Kraprayoon
48   General Banjob Bunnag 49 18 June 1992 23 September 1992 Anand Panyarachun
49   General Vijit Sukmak 50 29 September 1992 13 July 1995 Chuan Leekpai
45
(2,3)
  General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 51 13 July 1995 24 November 1996 Banharn Silpa-archa
52 29 November 1996 8 September 1997 Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
50   Chuan Leekpai 53 14 September 1997 5 February 2001 Chuan Leekpai
45
(4)
  General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 54 17 February 2001 3 October 2002 Thaksin Shinawatra
51
(1)
  General Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhaya 54 3 October 2002 9 March 2004 Thaksin Shinawatra
52   General Chettha Thanajaro 54 10 March 2004 5 October 2004 Thaksin Shinawatra
53   General Sampan Boonyanan 54 6 October 2004 5 October 2005 Thaksin Shinawatra
51
(2)
  General Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhaya 55 11 March 2005 19 September 2006 Thaksin Shinawatra
54   General Boonrod Somthat 56 9 October 2006 5 February 2008 Surayud Chulanont
55   Samak Sundaravej 57 6 February 2008 9 September 2008 Samak Sundaravej
56   Somchai Wongsawat 58 24 September 2008 2 December 2008 Somchai Wongsawat
57
(1)
  General Prawit Wongsuwan 59 20 December 2008 9 August 2011 Abhisit Vejjajiva
58   General Yuthasak Sasiprapha 60 9 August 2011 18 January 2012 Yingluck Shinawatra
59   Air Chief Marshal Sukampol Suwannathat 60 18 January 2012 30 June 2013 Yingluck Shinawatra
60   Yingluck Shinawatra 60 30 June 2013 7 May 2014 Yingluck Shinawatra
57
(2)
  General Prawit Wongsuwan 61 30 August 2014 Prayut Chan-o-cha

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barany, Zoltan (2012). The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Princeton University Press. p. 193. ISBN 9781400845491.
  2. ^ a b Royal Thai Army. ผู้บัญชาการทหารบกตั้งแต่อดีตถึงปัจจุบัน [Commander-in-Chiefs of the Royal Thai Army from past to present] (in Thai). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ Royal Thai Navy. นายพลเรือเอก พระเจ้าบรมวงศ์เธอ กรมหลวงสิงหวิกรมเกรียงไกร [Admiral HRH Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha] (in Thai). Retrieved 10 September 2011.

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