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List of Ministers of Defence of the Netherlands

The Minister of Defence (Dutch: Minister van Defensie) is the head of the Ministry of Defence and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. The current Minister of Defence is Ank Bijleveld of the Christian Democratic Appeal, who has been in office since 26 October 2017.[1]

Minister of Defence of the Netherlands
Minister van Defensie
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Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld
Incumbent
Ank Bijleveld

since 26 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
StyleHis/Her Excellency
AbbreviationMinDef
Member ofCouncil of Ministers
AppointerPrime Minister
Formation16 February 1798; 221 years ago (1798-02-16)
First holderGerrit Jan Pijman
(as Secretary of War)
DeputyBarbara Visser
as State Secretary for Defence
Salary157,287 (As of 2017)
(including 4,193 of expenses)
Website(in English) Minister of Defence

Contents

List of Ministers of War (1866–1928)Edit

Minister of War Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Major general
Johan van den Bosch
(1813–1870)
1 June 1866 –
4 June 1868
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
Jules van Zuylen
van Nijevelt

(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt)
[2]
  Lieutenant general
Joannes Josephus
van Mulken

(1796–1879)
4 June 1868 –
8 June 1868
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Pieter Philip
van Bosse

(Van Bosse–Fock)
[3]
  Colonel
Gerardus Petrus Booms
(1822–1897)
4 January 1871 –
28 January 1871
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke III)
[4]
  Major general
Adriaan Engelvaart
(1812–1893)
28 January 1871 –
23 December 1871
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Lodewijk Gerard Brocx
(Minister of the Navy)
(1819–1880)
23 December 1871 –
5 February 1872
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Major general
Félix Delprat
(1812–1888)
5 February 1872 –
6 July 1872
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Count
Major general
Menno David van
Limburg Stirum

(1807–1891)
6 July 1872 –
15 September 1873
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Gerrit de Vries
(De Vries–Fransen
van de Putte
)

[5]
  Lodewijk Gerard Brocx
(Minister of the Navy)
(1819–1880)
15 September 1873 –
6 October 1873
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Major general
August Willem
Philip Weitzel

(1816–1896)
6 October 1873 –
29 April 1875
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Jan Heemskerk
(Heemskerk–Van Lynden
van Sandenburg
)

[6]
  Colonel
Hendrik Enderlein
(1821–1898)
29 April 1875 –
1 January 1876
[Res]
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
  Willem van
Erp Taalman Kip

(Minister of the Navy)
(1824–1905)
1 January 1876 –
1 February 1876
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Jonkheer
Guillaume Klerck
(1825–1884)
1 February 1876 –
11 September 1876
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Willem van
Erp Taalman Kip

(Minister of the Navy)
(1824–1905)
11 September 1876 –
30 September 1876
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Colonel
Hendrik Beijen
(1817–1892)
30 September 1876 –
3 November 1877
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
  Major
Jan Karel de Roo
van Alderwerelt

(1832–1878)
3 November 1877 –
29 December 1878
[Died]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Jan Kappeyne van
de Coppello

(Kappeyne van
de Coppello
)

[7]
  Jonkheer
Captain
Hendrikus Wichers
(Minister of the Navy)
(1831–1889)
29 December 1878 –
15 February 1879
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Major general
Jacobus den
Beer Poortugael

(1832–1913)
15 February 1879 –
20 August 1879
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Major general
Anthonie Reuther
(1819–1889)
20 August 1879 –
23 April 1883
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Conservative Catholic)
Theo van Lynden
van Sandenburg

(Van Lynden
van Sandenburg
)

[8]
  Major general
August Willem
Philip Weitzel

(1816–1896)
23 April 1883 –
21 April 1888
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Jan Heemskerk
(J. Heemskerk)
[9]
  Major general
Johannes Bergansius
(1836–1913)
21 April 1888 –
21 August 1891
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Catholic)
Aeneas Mackay
(Mackay)
[10]
  Colonel
Lodewijk Seyffardt
(1840–1909)
21 August 1891 –
9 May 1894
Independent
Liberal

(Social Liberal)
Gijsbert van Tienhoven
(Van Tienhoven)
[11]
  Lieutenant general
Clemens Schneider
(1832–1925)
9 May 1894 –
27 July 1897
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Catholic)
Joan Röell
(Röell)
[12]
  Joannes Coenraad
Jansen

(Minister of the Navy)
(1840–1925)
27 July 1897 –
31 July 1897
[Ad interim]
Liberal Union Nicolaas Pierson
(Pierson)
[13]
  Lieutenant general
Kornelis Eland
(1838–1927)
31 July 1897 –
1 April 1901
[Res]
Liberal Union
  Lieutenant general
Arthur Kool
(1841–1914)
1 April 1901 –
1 August 1901
Liberal Union
  Lieutenant general
Johannes Bergansius
(1836–1913)
1 August 1901 –
17 August 1905
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Catholic)
Abraham Kuyper
(Kuyper)
[14]
General League of
Roman Catholic
Caucuses
  Major general
Henri Staal
(1845–1920)
17 August 1905 –
7 April 1907
[Res]
Liberal Union Theo de Meester
(De Meester)
[15]
  Ridder
Major general
Willem van Rappard
(1846–1913)
7 April 1907 –
12 February 1908
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Lieutenant general
Frederik Sabron
(1849–1916)
12 February 1908 –
27 July 1909
[Res]
Independent Theo Heemskerk
(T. Heemskerk)
[16]
  Major general
Wouter Cool
(1848–1928)
27 July 1909 –
4 January 1911
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Major
Hendrikus Colijn
(1869–1944)
4 January 1911 –
29 August 1913
Anti-Revolutionary Party
  Major general
Nicolaas Bosboom
(1855–1937)
29 August 1913 –
15 May 1917
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Pieter Cort van
der Linden

(Cort van der Linden)
[17]
  Rear admiral
Jean Jacques
Rambonnet

(Minister of the Navy)
(1864–1943)
15 May 1917 –
15 June 1917
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Jonkheer
Bonifacius Cornelis
de Jonge

(1875–1958)
15 June 1917 –
9 September 1918
Christian Historical Union
  Jonkheer
George Alting
von Geusau

(1864–1937)
9 September 1918 –
5 January 1920
[Res]
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck I)
[18]
  Jonkheer
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Prime Minister)
(1873–1936)
5 January 1920 –
31 March 1920
[Ad interim]
Roman Catholic
State Party
  Lieutenant general
Willem Frederik Pop
(1858–1931)
31 March 1920 –
28 July 1921
[Res]
Independent
  Captain
Jannes van Dijk
(1871–1954)
28 July 1921 –
4 August 1925
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck II)
[19]
  Major
Johan Lambooij
(also Minister of the Navy)
(1874–1942)
4 August 1925 –
8 March 1926
Roman Catholic
State Party
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn I)
[20]
  Captain
Louis van Royen
(also Minister of the Navy)
(1865–1946)
8 March 1926 –
24 April 1926
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
[21]
  Major
Johan Lambooij
(also Minister of the Navy)
(1874–1942)
24 April 1926 –
1 September 1928
Roman Catholic
State Party

List of Ministers of the Navy (1866–1928)Edit

Minister of the Navy Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Vice admiral
Pels Rijcken
(1810–1889)
1 June 1866 –
4 June 1868
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
Jules van Zuylen
van Nijevelt

(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt)
[2]
  Lodewijk Gerard Brocx
(1819–1880)
4 June 1868 –
18 December 1873
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Pieter Philip
van Bosse

(Van Bosse–Fock)
[3]
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke III)
[4]
Gerrit de Vries
(De Vries–Fransen
van de Putte
)

[5]
  Isaäc Dignus Fransen
van de Putte

(Minister of Colonial Affairs)
(1822–1902)
18 December 1873 –
16 May 1874
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Social Liberal)
  Willem van
Erp Taalman Kip

(1824–1905)
16 May 1874 –
3 November 1877
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Jonkheer
Captain
Hendrikus Wichers
(1831–1889)
3 November 1877 –
20 August 1879
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Jan Kappeyne van
de Coppello

(Kappeyne van
de Coppello
)

[7]
  Willem van
Erp Taalman Kip

(1824–1905)
20 August 1879 –
23 April 1883
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Theo van Lynden
van Sandenburg

(Van Lynden
van Sandenburg
)

[8]
  Vice admiral
Frederik Geerling
(1815–1894)
23 April 1883 –
19 April 1884
[Res]
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
Jan Heemskerk
(J. Heemskerk)
[9]
  Willem van
Erp Taalman Kip

(1824–1905)
19 April 1884 –
5 August 1885
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Rear admiral
Willem Gericke
(1836–1914)
5 August 1885 –
26 January 1887
[Res]
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
  Frederik Cornelis Tromp
(1828–1900)
26 January 1887 –
21 April 1888
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
  Rear admiral
Hendrik Dyserinck
(1838–1906)
21 April 1888 –
31 March 1891
[Res]
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
Aeneas Mackay
(Mackay)
[10]
  Rear admiral
Gerhardus Kruys
(1846–1916)
31 March 1891 –
21 August 1891
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Protestant)
  Joannes Coenraad
Jansen

(1840–1925)
21 August 1891 –
9 May 1894
Liberal Union Gijsbert van Tienhoven
(Van Tienhoven)
[11]
  Jonkheer
Herman van
der Wijck

(1843–1932)
9 May 1894 –
27 July 1897
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Joan Röell
(Röell)
[12]
  Joannes Coenraad
Jansen

(1840–1925)
27 July 1897 –
22 December 1897
[Res]
Liberal Union Nicolaas Pierson
(Pierson)
[13]
  Lieutenant general
Kornelis Eland
(Minister of War)
(1838–1927)
22 December 1897 –
12 January 1898
[Ad interim]
Liberal Union
  Vice admiral
Jonkheer
Jacob Röell
(1846–1935)
12 January 1898 –
1 August 1901
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
  Vice admiral
Gerhardus Kruys
(1846–1916)
1 August 1901 –
12 December 1902
[Died]
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Protestant)
Abraham Kuyper
(Kuyper)
[14]
  Lieutenant general
Johannes Bergansius
(Minister of War)
(1836–1913)
12 December 1902 –
16 March 1903
[Ad interim]
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Catholic)
  Vice admiral
Abraham George Ellis
(1846–1916)
16 March 1903 –
17 August 1905
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
  Captain
William Cohen Stuart
(1857–1935)
17 August 1905 –
5 August 1907
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Theo de Meester
(De Meester)
[15]
  Vice admiral
Jan Wentholt
(1851–1931)
5 August 1907 –
14 May 1912
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Theo Heemskerk
(T. Heemskerk)
[16]
  Major
Hendrikus Colijn
(also Minister of War)
(1869–1944)
14 May 1912 –
29 August 1913
Anti-Revolutionary Party
  Rear admiral
Jean Jacques
Rambonnet

(1864–1943)
29 August 1913 –
28 June 1918
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Pieter Cort van
der Linden

(Cort van der Linden)
[17]
  Jonkheer
Bonifacius Cornelis
de Jonge

(Minister of War)
(1875–1958)
28 June 1918 –
9 September 1918
[Ad interim]
Christian Historical Union
  Jonkheer
George Alting
von Geusau

(Minister of War)
(1864–1937)
9 September 1918 –
16 September 1918
[Ad interim]
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck I)
[18]
  Vice admiral
Willem Naudin
ten Cate

(1860–1942)
16 September 1918 –
19 February 1919
[Res]
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Protestant)
  Jonkheer
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Prime Minister)
(1873–1936)
19 February 1919 –
19 April 1919
[Ad interim]
Roman Catholic
State Party
  Hendrik Bijleveld
(1885–1954)
19 April 1919 –
5 January 1920
[Res]
Anti-Revolutionary Party
  Hendrik van IJsselsteyn
(Minister of Agriculture,
Commerce and Industry)

(1874–1942)
5 January 1920 –
31 March 1920
[Ad interim]
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Protestant)
  Lieutenant general
Willem Frederik Pop
(also Minister of War)
(1858–1931)
31 March 1920 –
28 July 1921
[Res]
Independent
  Captain
Jannes van Dijk
(also Minister of War)
(1871–1954)
28 July 1921 –
18 September 1922
Anti-Revolutionary Party
  Lieutenant commander
Evert Pieter
Westerveld

(1873–1964)
18 September 1922 –
4 August 1925
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck II)
[19]
  Major
Johan Lambooij
(also Minister of War)
(1874–1942)
4 August 1925 –
8 March 1926
Roman Catholic
State Party
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn I)
[20]
  Captain
Louis van Royen
(also Minister of War)
(1865–1946)
8 March 1926 –
24 April 1926
[Res]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
[21]
  Major
Johan Lambooij
(also Minister of War)
(1874–1942)
24 April 1926 –
1 September 1928
Roman Catholic
State Party

List of Ministers of Defence (1928–1941)Edit

Minister of Defence Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Major
Johan Lambooij
(1874–1942)
1 September 1928 –
10 August 1929
Roman Catholic
State Party
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
[21]
  Dr.
Laurentius Nicolaas
Deckers

(1883–1978)
10 August 1929 –
2 September 1935
[Appt]
Roman Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de
Beerenbrouck

(De Beerenbrouck III)
[22]
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn II)
[23]
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn III)
[24]
  Major
Dr.
Hendrikus Colijn
(Prime Minister)
(1869–1944)
2 September 1935 –
24 June 1937
Anti-Revolutionary Party
  Captain
Dr.
Jannes van Dijk
(1871–1954)
24 June 1937 –
10 August 1939
Anti-Revolutionary Party Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IVV)
[25][26]
  Major general
Adriaan Dijxhoorn
(1889–1953)
10 August 1939 –
12 June 1941
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer II)
[27]
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy I)
[28]
  Hendrik van Boeijen
(also Minister of the Interior)
(1889–1947)
12 June 1941 –
27 July 1941
[Ad interim]
Christian Historical Union

List of Ministers of War (1941–1948)Edit

Minister of War Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Hendrik van Boeijen
(also Minister of the Interior)
(1889–1947)
27 July 1941 –
15 September 1942
Christian Historical Union Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy II)
[28]
  Jonkheer
Otto van Lidth
de Jeude

(1881–1952)
15 September 1942 –
23 February 1945
Liberal State Party
  Lieutenant commander
Jim de Booy
(Minister of the Navy)
(1885–1969)
23 February 1945 –
4 April 1945
[Ad interim]
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
[29]
  Major
Dr.
Jan de Quay
(1901–1985)
4 April 1945 –
25 June 1945
Roman Catholic
State Party
  Jo Meynen
(1901–1980)
25 June 1945 –
3 July 1946
Anti-Revolutionary Party Willem Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn–Drees)
[30]
  Lieutenant colonel
Alexander Fiévez
(also Minister of the Navy
1947–1948)

(1902–1949)
3 July 1946 –
7 August 1948
Catholic People's Party Louis Beel
(Beel I)
[31]

List of Ministers of the Navy (1941–1948)Edit

Minister of the Navy Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Lieutenant admiral
Johan Furstner
(1887–1970)
27 July 1941 –
23 February 1945
Independent
Conservative

(Liberal Conservative)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy II)
[28]
  Lieutenant commander
Jim de Booy
(1885–1969)
23 February 1945 –
3 July 1946
Independent
Liberal

(Classical Liberal)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
[29]
Willem Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn–Drees)
[30]
  Lieutenant colonel
Alexander Fiévez
(Minister of War)
(1902–1949)
3 July 1946 –
7 August 1946
[Ad interim]
Catholic People's Party Louis Beel
(Beel I)
[31]
  Lieutenant commander
Jules Schagen
van Leeuwen

(1896–1976)
7 August 1946 –
25 November 1947
[Res]
Independent
Conservative

(Social Conservative)
  Lieutenant colonel
Alexander Fiévez
(also Minister of War)
(1902–1949)
25 November 1947 –
7 August 1948
Catholic People's Party

List of Ministers of Defence (since 1948)Edit

Minister of War
and the Navy
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Captain
Wim Schokking
(1900–1960)
7 August 1948 –
16 October 1950
[Res]
Christian Historical Union Willem Drees
(Drees–Van Schaik)
[32]
  Captain
Hans s'Jacob
(1906–1967)
16 October 1950 –
15 March 1951
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Protestant)
  Sergeant
Kees Staf
(1905–1973)
15 March 1951 –
13 October 1956
Christian Historical Union Willem Drees
(Drees III)
[33][34]
Minister of Defence Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Sergeant
Kees Staf
(also Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food
Supplies
1958–1959)

(1905–1973)
13 October 1956 –
19 May 1959
Christian Historical Union Willem Drees
(Drees III)
[35]
Louis Beel
(Beel II)
[36]
  Major general
Sidney J. van den Bergh
(1898–1977)
19 May 1959 –
1 August 1959
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
[37]
  Major
Dr.
Jan de Quay
(Prime Minister)
(1901–1985)
1 August 1959 –
4 September 1959
[Ad interim]
Catholic People's Party
  Sergeant
Sim Visser
(1908–1983)
4 September 1959 –
24 July 1963
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Captain
Piet de Jong
(1915–2016)
24 July 1963 –
5 April 1967
Catholic People's Party Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
[38]
Jo Cals
(Cals)
[39]
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
[40]
  Lieutenant general
Willem den Toom
(1911–1998)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
[41]
  Hans de Koster
(1914–1992)
6 July 1971 –
11 May 1973
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
[42]
  Henk Vredeling
(1924–2007)
11 May 1973 –
1 January 1977
[Appt]
Labour Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
[43]
  Captain
Bram Stemerdink
(born 1936)
1 January 1977 –
19 December 1977
Labour Party
  Dr.
Roelof Kruisinga
(1922–2012)
19 December 1977 –
4 March 1978
[Res]
Christian Historical Union Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
[44]
  Corporal
Jan de Koning
(Minister for Development
Cooperation
)

(1926–1994)
4 March 1978 –
8 March 1978
[Ad interim]
Anti-Revolutionary Party
  Willem Scholten
(1927–2005)
8 March 1978 –
25 August 1980
[Appt]
Christian Historical Union
  Captain
Pieter de Geus
(1929–2004)
25 August 1980 –
11 September 1981
Christian Historical Union
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Sergeant
Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66 Dries van Agt
(Van Agt IIIII)
[45][46]
  Dr.
Job de Ruiter
(1930–2015)
4 November 1982 –
14 July 1986
Christian Democratic Appeal Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
[47]
  Dr.
Wim van Eekelen
(born 1931)
14 July 1986 –
6 September 1988
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
[48]
  Piet Bukman
(Minister for Development
Cooperation
)

(born 1934)
6 September 1988 –
24 September 1988
[Ad interim]
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Frits Bolkestein
(born 1933)
24 September 1988 –
7 November 1989
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Relus ter Beek
(1944–2008)
7 November 1989 –
22 August 1994
Labour Party Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
[49]
  Dr.
Joris Voorhoeve
(also Minister for Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba Affairs
)

(born 1945)
22 August 1994 –
3 August 1998
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
[50]
  Corporal
Frank de Grave
(born 1955)
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok II)
[51]
  Ensign
Benk Korthals
(born 1944)
22 July 2002 –
12 December 2002
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende I)
[52]
  Henk Kamp
(also Minister of Housing,
Spatial Planning and the
Environment
2002–2003)

(born 1952)
12 December 2002 –
22 February 2007
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIII)
[53][54]
  Eimert van Middelkoop
(also Minister for Housing,
Communities and
Integration
2010)

(born 1949)
22 February 2007 –
14 October 2010
Christian Union Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
[55]
  Hans Hillen
(born 1947)
14 October 2010 –
5 November 2012
Christian Democratic Appeal Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
[56]
  Commander
Jeanine Hennis-
Plasschaert

(born 1973)
5 November 2012 –
4 October 2017
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
[57]
  Dr.
Klaas Dijkhoff
(born 1981)
4 October 2017 –
26 October 2017
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Ank Bijleveld
(born 1962)
26 October 2017 –
Incumbent
Christian Democratic Appeal Mark Rutte
(Rutte III)
[58]
Source: (in Dutch) Kabinetten 1945-heden Parlement & Politiek
Res Resigned.
Ad interim Served ad interim.
Appt Appointment: Laurentius Nicolaas Deckers appointed Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; Henk Vredeling appointed European Commissioner; Willem Scholten appointed Vice President of the Council of State.

Living former Ministers of DefenceEdit

Minister of Defence Term Age
Bram Stemerdink 1977 (1936-03-06) 6 March 1936 (age 83)
Wim van Eekelen 1986–1988 (1931-02-05) 5 February 1931 (age 88)
Piet Bukman 1988 (1934-02-07) 7 February 1934 (age 85)
Frits Bolkestein 1988–1989 (1933-04-04) 4 April 1933 (age 86)
Joris Voorhoeve 1994–1998 (1945-12-22) 22 December 1945 (age 73)
Frank de Grave 1998–2002 (1955-06-27) 27 June 1955 (age 63)
Benk Korthals 2002 (1944-10-05) 5 October 1944 (age 74)
Henk Kamp 2002–2007 (1952-07-23) 23 July 1952 (age 66)
Eimert van Middelkoop 2007–2010 (1949-02-14) 14 February 1949 (age 70)
Hans Hillen 2010–2012 (1947-06-17) 17 June 1947 (age 71)
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert 2012–2017 (1973-04-07) 7 April 1973 (age 46)
Klaas Dijkhoff 2017 (1981-01-13) 13 January 1981 (age 38)

List of State Secretaries for DefenceEdit

State Secretary for Defence Portfolio Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
  Vice admiral
Harry Moorman
(1899–1971)
• Navy 1 May 1949 –
27 November 1950
Catholic People's Party Willem Drees
(Drees–Van SchaikDrees I)
[32][33]
• Army
• Navy
• Air Force
27 November 1950 –
1 June 1951
• Navy 1 June 1951 –
19 May 1959
Willem Drees
(Drees IIIII)
[34][35]
Louis Beel
(Beel II)
[36]
  Wim Fockema Andreae
(1909–1996)
• Army
• Air Force
1 May 1949 –
27 November 1950
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Willem Drees
(Drees–Van Schaik)
[32]
  Ferdinand Kranenburg
(1911–1994)
• Army
• Air Force
1 June 1951 –
1 June 1958
[Res]
Labour Party Willem Drees
(Drees III)
[33][34]
Willem Drees
(Drees III)
[35]
  Meine van Veen
(1893–1970)
25 October 1958 –
22 December 1958
Labour Party
  Lieutenant general
Michael Calmeyer
(1895–1990)
• Army
• Air Force
19 June 1959 –
24 July 1963
Christian Historical Union Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
[37]
  Captain
Piet de Jong
(1915–2016)
• Navy 25 June 1959 –
24 July 1963
Catholic People's Party
  Vice admiral
Adri van Es
(1913–1994)
• Navy 14 August 1963 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary Party Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
[38]
Jo Cals
(Cals)
[39]
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
[40]
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
[41]
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
• Veteran Affairs
6 July 1971 –
16 September 1972
[Res]
Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
[42]
  Major general
Joop Haex
(1911–2002)
• Army 14 August 1963 –
14 April 1965
Christian Historical Union Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
[38]
  Major general
Willem den Toom
(1911–1998)
• Air Force 25 November 1963 –
14 April 1965
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Lieutenant
Gerard Peijnenburg
(1919–2000)
• Army 13 May 1965 –
5 April 1967
Independent
Christian Democrat

(Catholic)
Jo Cals
(Cals)
[39]
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
[40]
  Colonel
Jan Borghouts
(1910–1966)
• Air Force 12 July 1965 –
5 February 1966
[Died]
Catholic People's Party Jo Cals
(Cals)
[39]
  Lieutenant general
Heije Schaper
(1906–1996)
22 June 1966 –
5 April 1967
Independent
Liberal

(Conservative Liberal)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
[40]
  Major general
Joop Haex
(1911–2002)
• Army 18 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
[41]
  Sergeant
Bob Duynstee
(1920–2014)
• Air Force 28 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
  Joep Mommersteeg
(1917–1991)
• Personnel Affairs 11 May 1973 –
1 March 1974
[Res]
Catholic People's Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
[43]
  Brigadier general
Cees van Lent
(1922–2000)
11 March 1974 –
11 September 1981
Catholic People's Party
Christian Democratic Appeal Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
[44]
  Captain
Bram Stemerdink
(born 1936)
• Equipment Policy
• Military Justice
11 May 1973 –
1 January 1977
[Appt]
Labour Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
[43]
  Dr.
Wim van Eekelen
(born 1931)
• Equipment Policy
• Military Justice
20 January 1978 –
11 September 1981
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
[44]
  Captain
Bram Stemerdink
(born 1936)
• Equipment Policy
• Military Justice
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party Dries van Agt
(Van Agt II)
[45]
  Second lieutenant
Jan van Houwelingen
(1939–2013)
• Personnel Affairs
• Veteran Affairs
14 September 1981 –
7 November 1989
Christian Democratic Appeal
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
• Veteran Affairs
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt III)
[46]
• Equipment Policy Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
[47]
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
• Veteran Affairs
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
[48]
  Charl Schwietert
(born 1943)
• Personnel Affairs 8 November 1982 –
11 November 1982
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
[47]
  Willem Hoekzema
(born 1939)
19 November 1982 –
14 July 1986
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Baron
Berend-Jan van
Voorst tot Voorst

(born 1944)
• Equipment Policy
• Military Justice
• Veteran Affairs
7 November 1989 –
1 June 1993
[Appt]
Christian Democratic Appeal Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
[49]
  Lieutenant colonel
Ton Frinking
(born 1931)
1 June 1993 –
22 August 1994
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Lieutenant commander
Jan Gmelich Meijling
(1936–2012)
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
• Organizational Restructuring
• Veteran Affairs
22 August 1994 –
3 August 1998
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
[50]
  Lieutenant commander
Henk van Hoof
(born 1947)
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
• Inter-Branch Cooperation
• Veteran Affairs
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok II)
[51]
  Sergeant
Cees van der Knaap
(born 1951)
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
22 July 2002 –
18 December 2007
[Appt]
Christian Democratic Appeal Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIIII)
[52][53][54]
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
[55]
  Jack de Vries
(born 1968)
18 December 2007 –
18 May 2010
[Res]
Christian Democratic Appeal
Vacant
  Barbara Visser
(born 1977)
• Personnel Affairs
• Equipment Policy
• Special Ops Policy
26 October 2017 –
Incumbent
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte III)
[58]
Source: (in Dutch) Kabinetten 1945-heden Parlement & Politiek
Res Resigned.
Died Died in office.
Appt Appointment: Bram Stemerdink appointed Minister of Defence; Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst appointed Queen's Commissioners of Limburg; Cees van der Knaap appointed Mayor of Ede.

Living former State Secretaries for DefenceEdit

State Secretary
for Defence
Term Age
Bram Stemerdink 1973–1977
1981–1982
(1936-03-06) 6 March 1936 (age 83)
Wim van Eekelen 1978–1981 (1931-02-05) 5 February 1931 (age 88)
Charl Schwietert 1982 (1943-01-01) 1 January 1943 (age 76)
Willem Hoekzema 1982–1986 (1939-07-21) 21 July 1939 (age 79)
Berend-Jan van
Voorst tot Voorst
1989–1993 (1944-02-07) 7 February 1944 (age 75)
Ton Frinking 1993–1994 (1931-02-01) 1 February 1931 (age 88)
Henk van Hoof 1998–2002 (1947-11-09) 9 November 1947 (age 71)
Cees van der Knaap 2002–2007 (1951-01-27) 27 January 1951 (age 68)
Jack de Vries 2007–2010 (1968-07-25) 25 July 1968 (age 50)

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