Peter Nordbeck (Swedish Navy officer)

Peter Esbjörn Nordbeck (born 19 July 1938) is a Swedish Navy vice admiral. He was Chief of the Defence Staff from 1992 to 1994 and the Chief of Navy Staff from 1994 to 1998.

Peter Nordbeck
Birth namePeter Esbjörn Nordbeck
Born (1938-07-19) 19 July 1938 (age 81)
Grängesberg, Sweden
Service/branchSwedish Navy
Years of service1960–1998
RankVice admiral
Commands heldHSwMS Jägaren
11th Torpedo Boat Division
Chief of Defence Staff
Joint Operations Command
Chief of Navy Staff
Naval Command

Early lifeEdit

Nordbeck was born in Grängesberg, Sweden, the son of Stig Nordbeck and his wife Kerstin (née Froste).[1] His father, an engineer, was at the time of his birth, employed by Gränges AB in Grängesberg in Dalarna. Nordbeck has two siblings and two half-siblings. One-year-old, Nordbeck moved to Karlskrona where his father took up a position as chief engeineer at Karlskrona City Municipal Enterprises in 1939.[2][3] It was the Swedish Naval Volunteers who got him interested in the sea and directed him to a naval officer course.[3]


Nordbeck attended the Royal Swedish Naval Academy from 1957 to 1960 and served in the Coastal Fleet from 1960 to 1970[1] aboard destroyers and torpedo boats.[3] Nordbeck then attended the Swedish Armed Forces Staff College from 1970 to 1972 and was captain of the HSwMS Jägaren and commanding officer of the 11th Torpedo Boat Division (11. torpedbåtsdivisionen)[3] before attending the Naval War College in the United States from 1974 to 1975.[1] Prior to his education in the United States, Nordbeck was a distinguished technician, but later focused on strategy and security policy.[3] Back in Sweden, Nordbeck served in the Naval Staff from 1975 to 1978 and in the Defence Staff from 1978 to 1986[1], where he was head of Planning Section 1 in the Planning Staff from 1982.[4] He served in the Coastal Fleet from 1986 to 1988 and was chief of staff of Southern Military Area (Milo S) from 1988 to 1991. During 1992 Nordbeck was the head of the Supreme Commander's Planning Department at the Defence Staff and from 1993 to 1994 he served as Chief of the Defence Staff.[1] Nordbeck served as chief of the Joint Operations Command (Operationsledningen, OpL) until the 1 July 1994 when he was appointed Chief of Navy Staff as well as Chief of the Naval Command[5], a position he held until 1 July 1998.[3]

Nordbeck is an honorary member of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences, in which he was elected in 1978 as number 1046.[6] He was president of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences until 10 November 1999.[7] He was also chairman and is honorary chairman of the Friends of the Vasa Museum Association.[8][9] Nordbeck was also Inspectore Emeriti of the naval academic association SjöLund[10] and Inspector of the naval association SjöCannnes.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1962 he married the physiotherapist Eva Lindblad (born 1941), the daughter of colonel Törd Lindblad and Ruth (née Strömberg).[1] They have two children, Marie and Carl.[3]

Dates of rankEdit

  • 1960 – Acting sub-lieutenant (Fänrik)
  • 19?? – Sub-lieutenant (Löjtnant)
  • 1968 – Lieutenant (Kapten)[12]
  • 19?? – Lieutenant commander (Örlogskapten)
  • 1973 – Commander (Kommendörkapten)[13]
  • 19?? – Captain (Kommendör)
  • 19?? – Captain of the 1st rank (Kommendör 1:a graden)
  • 19?? – Rear admiral (Konteramiral)
  • 1994 – Vice admiral (Viceamiral)

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Salander Mortensen, Jill, ed. (1996). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1997 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1997] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 825. ISBN 91-1-960852-7. LIBRIS 3681533.
  2. ^ Davidsson, Åke, ed. (1966). Vem är vem?. 4, Skåne, Halland, Blekinge [Who's Who?. 4, Scania, Halland, Blekinge] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 603. LIBRIS 53512.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Öhman, Anders (1998-07-17). "DN gratulerar: En sjöman går iland" [DN congratulates: A sailor goes ashore]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ Spiegelberg, Christina, ed. (1984). Sveriges statskalender. 1984 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Liber. p. 105. ISBN 91-38-90400-4. LIBRIS 3682782.
  5. ^ "Sammanställning över utnämningar och nya befattningar" (PDF). Flygvapennytt (in Swedish). Stockholm: Flygstaben (1): 34. 1994. LIBRIS 8257600.
  6. ^ "Hedersledamöter" [Honorary members] (in Swedish). Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ Nordbeck, Peter (10 November 1999). "Styresmannens anförande i Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademien vid högtidssammankomsten den 10 november 1999" [The President's speech in the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences at the summit on 10 November 1999] (in Swedish). Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Seminarium på Gustav Adolfsdagen med kopplingar till Finland" [Seminar on Gustavus Adolphus Day with links to Finland] (in Swedish). Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Styrelse" [Board] (in Swedish). Vasa Museum. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Inspector Emeriti". (in Swedish). Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Medlemmar 23 okt 2016" [Members 23 October 2017]. (in Swedish). SjöCannnes. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  12. ^ Sköldenberg, Bengt, ed. (1970). Sveriges statskalender. 1970 (in Swedish). Uppsala: Fritzes offentliga publikationer. p. 423.
  13. ^ Sveriges statskalender. 1978 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Fritzes offentliga publikationer. 1978. p. 503. ISBN 91-38-03894-3. LIBRIS 3682759.
  14. ^ "Medaljförläningar 28 januari 2013" [Medal presentations 28 January 2013] (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Royal Swedish Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy Sign Submarine Training Agreement (Swedish Navy Chief Conferred One of Singapore's Prestigious Awards)". Ministry of Defence. 27 February 1998. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by
Owe Wiktorin
Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chief of the Joint Operations Command

Succeeded by
Percurt Green
Preceded by
Dick Börjesson
(as Chief of the Navy)
Chief of Navy Staff
Succeeded by
Torsten Lindh
Preceded by
Naval Command
Succeeded by
Torsten Lindh
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Carl-Olof Ternryd
President of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences
Succeeded by
Jörn Beckmann