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Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea (CNO)
대한민국 해군참모총장
Naval Jack of South Korea.svg
Navy (ROKN) Admiral Um Hyun-seong 해군대장 엄현성 (US Navy photo 170905-N-TB148-264, 20170905 International Seapower Symposium).jpg
Incumbent
Admiral Um Hyun-Seong

since September 2016
Ministry of National Defense
Member of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Inaugural holder Vice Admiral Sohn Won-yil
Formation 1948

The Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea (Korean: 대한민국 해군참모총장, Hanja: 大韓民國海軍參謀總長), shorten as CNO, is the professional head of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) since its foundation in 1948, originally held by a vice admiral,[1] then by an admiral since 1968.[2]

The appointment of the CNO, along with the Chiefs of Staff of the Army, Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is referred to the State Council of South Korea for deliberation according to Article 89, Constitution of South Korea.[3]

List of the Chiefs of Naval Operations[edit | edit source]

No. Portrait Name Names in Hangul Rank Term of Office Ref.
1 Sohn Won Yil 1948.png Sohn Won-yil 손원일 Vice Admiral 5 September 1948 ~ 30 June 1953
2 Navy (ROKN) Vice Admiral Park Ok-kyu 해군중장 박옥규 (19540206 한미고위회담진해서 동아일보) .jpg Park Ok-kyu[1] 박옥규 Vice Admiral 30 June 1953 ~ 1 November 1954
3 3rdCNO.jpg Chong Kung-mo[1] 정긍모 Vice Admiral 1 November 1954 ~ 3 November 1954
4 Navy-personnel-icon.png Lee Yong-woon 이용운 Vice Admiral 23 February 1959 ~ 28 September 1960
5 Navy (ROKN) Vice Admiral Lee Sung-ho 海軍中將李成浩 해군중장 이성호 (19611023 中央日報).png Lee Sung-ho 이성호 Vice Admiral 28 September 1960 ~ 28 September 1962
6 Navy-personnel-icon.png Lee Maeng-kee[4]:p256 이맹기 Vice Admiral 28 September 1962 ~ 10 September 1964
7 Navy (ROKN) Vice Admiral Hahm Myong-soo 해군중장 함명수 (NH 104908 Korean Chief of Naval Operations visits Norfolk, Virginia).jpg Hahm Myong-soo 함명수 Vice Admiral 10 September 1964 ~ 1 September 1966
8 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Yong-kwan[1] 김영관 Admiral 1 September 1966 ~ 1 April 1969 First CNO to reach the rank of Admiral (since 1968)[2]
9 Navy-personnel-icon.png Chang Chi-su[1] 장지수 Admiral 1 April 1969 ~ 1 April 1972
10 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Kyu-sop[1] 김규섭 Admiral 1 April 1972 ~ 28 February 1974
11 Navy-personnel-icon.png Hwang Chong-yon[1] 황정연 Admiral 28 February 1974 ~ 17 April 1979
12 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Chong-kon 김종곤 Admiral 17 April 1979 ~ 14 May 1981
13 Navy-personnel-icon.png Lee Un-su[1] 이은수 Admiral 14 May 1981 ~ 28 December 1982
14 Navy (ROKN) Admiral Oh Kyung-hwan 해군대장 오경환 (NH 105149-KN Admiral William J. Crowe, USN Admiral Kyung Hwan Oh).jpg Oh Kyung-hwan 오경환 Admiral 28 December 1982 ~ 1984 September 4
15 Navy-personnel-icon.png Choe Sang-hwa[1] 최상화 Admiral 4 September 1984 ~ 4 September 1987
16 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Chong-ho[1] 김종호 Admiral 4 September 1987 ~ 4 September 1989
17 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Chong-ho[1] 김종호 Admiral 4 September 1989 ~ 4 September 1991
18 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Chul-woo[5]:p202 김철우 Admiral 4 September 1991 ~ 26 May 1993
19 Navy-personnel-icon.png Kim Hong-yeol[5]:p219 김홍렬 Admiral 26 May 1993 ~ 1 April 1995
20 Navy-personnel-icon.png An Pyong-tae[5]:p412 안병태 Admiral 1 April 1995 ~ 1 April 1997
21 Navy-personnel-icon.png Yu Sam-nam[5]:p457 유삼남 Admiral 1 April 1997 ~ 1 April 1999
22 Navy-personnel-icon.png Lee Soo-yong[5]:p550 이수용 Admiral 1 April 1999 ~ 31 March 2001
23 Navy-personnel-icon.png Chang Jeong-kil[5]:p654 장정길 Admiral 1 April 2001 ~ 31 March 2003
24 Navy-personnel-icon.png Moon Jeong-il 문정일 Admiral 1 April 2003 ~ 29 March 2005
25 Navy-personnel-icon.png Nam Hae-il 남해일 Admiral 29 March 2005 ~ 17 November 2006
26 170919-A-ZZ999-001 MINDEF Song 국방장관 송영무.jpg Song Young-moo 송영무 Admiral 17 November 2006 ~ 20 March 2008
27 Navy (ROKN) Admiral Jung Ok-keun 해군대장 정옥근 (US Navy 090707-N-8273J-067).jpg Jung Ok-keun 정옥근 Admiral 20 March 2008 ~ 19 March 2010
28 Navy (ROKN) Admiral Kim Sung-chan 해군대장 김성찬 (2010.12.16 군 지휘부 (7445960896)).jpg Kim Sung-chan 김성찬 Admiral 19 March 2010 ~ 17 October 2011
29 Republic of Korea Navy Adm. Choi Yoon Hee.jpg Choi Yoon-hee 최윤희 Admiral 17 October 2011 ~ 28 September 2013
30 Navy (ROKN) Admiral Hwang Ki-chul 해군대장 황기철 (140730-D-NI589-006 (14602326287).jpg).jpg Hwang Ki-chul 황기철 Admiral 28 September 2013 ~ 27 February 2015
31 Navy (ROKN) Admiral Jung Ho-sub 해군대장 정호섭 (US Navy photo 160804-N-ES994-048).jpg Jung Ho-sub 정호섭 Admiral 27 February 2015 ~ 22 September 2016
32 Navy (ROKN) Admiral Um Hyun-seong 해군대장 엄현성 (US Navy photo 170905-N-TB148-264, 20170905 International Seapower Symposium).jpg Um Hyun-Seong 엄현성 Admiral 22 September 2016 ~

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 (in en) Korea Annual 1998 (35th Annual ed.). Yonhap News Agency. 1998. p. 376. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "金榮寬 해참총장" (in ko). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 1968-12-25. p. 2. 
  3. "Constitution of the Republic of Korea" (in en). Board of Audit and Inspection. Archived from the original on 2016-05-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20160525225425/http://english.bai.go.kr/cmm/fdm/normalFileDown.do?orignlFileNm=ConstitutionoftheRepublicofKorea.doc&flag=bai_eng. 
  4. (in ko) 한국인명사전. 영합통신. 1989-05-20. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 (in ko) 한국인명사전. 영합연감. 1999-04-30. 

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