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Chief of Navy of the Swedish Navy
Marinchef
Command sign of the Swedish Navy commander.svg
Command sign of the Chief of Navy.
Swedish Navy
Incumbent
Rear admiral Jens Nykvist

since 4 May 2016
Swedish Navy
Reports to The Chief of Swedish Armed Forces Training and Development[1]
Seat Lidingövägen 24, Stockholm, Sweden
Nominator Minister for Defence
Appointer The Government
Formation 1936
First holder Charles de Champs

Chief of Navy (Swedish language: Marinchef, MC ) is the most senior appointment in the Swedish Navy. The position Chief of Navy was introduced in 1936 and the current form in 2014.

History[edit | edit source]

Until 1936 the Swedish monarch was the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces and had formally maintained the Chief of the Navy position together with the Chief of the Military Office of the Minister for Defence (Försvarets kommandoexpedition) in the Defense Ministry, which is in fact maintained the position. The position of "Chief of the Navy" (Swedish language: Chefen för marinen , CM) was established in 1936 in accordance with the same year defense resolution. The position of Chief of the Navy existed from 1936 to 1994 and during this time it was his responsibility to lead the navy units production and development. During the period 1936 to 1961 the Chief of the Navy also had an operational commanding responsibility for the naval forces.[2]

Following a larger reorganization of the Swedish Armed Forces in 1994, the staff agency Chief of the Navy ceased to exist as an independent agency. Instead, the post Chief of Navy Staff (Swedish language: Chefen för marinledningen ) was created at the then newly instituted Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters (Swedish language: Högkvarteret , HKV). In 1998, the Swedish Armed Forces was again reorganized. Most of the duties of the Chief of Navy Staff were transferred to the newly instituted post of "Inspector General of the Navy" (Swedish language: Generalinspektören för marinen ). The post is similar to that of the "Inspector General of the Swedish Army" (Swedish language: Generalinspektören för armén ) and the "Inspector General of the Swedish Air Force" (Swedish language: Generalinspektören för flygvapnet ).[3] It was later renamed to "Inspector of the Navy" (Swedish language: Marininspektören ).[2]

On 1 January 2014, the "Chief of Navy" (Swedish language: Marinchefen , MC) position was reinstated in the Swedish Armed Forces. The position has not the same duties as before.[4]

Tasks[edit | edit source]

Tasks of the Chief of Navy:[5]

  • Lead the units which the Chief of Swedish Armed Forces Training and Development has distributed
  • To the Chief of Swedish Armed Forces Training and Development propose the development of the units' abilities
  • Being the foremost representative of the units
  • Represent the units and the area of ability in international contacts

Chiefs of Navy[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Navy (Chefen för marinen) Took office Left office
1
Charles de Champs
de Champs, CharlesCharles de Champs19361939
2
Fabian Tamm
Tamm, FabianFabian Tamm19391945
3
Helge Strömbäck
Strömbäck, HelgeHelge Strömbäck1 April 1945[6]30 September 1953[6]
4
Stig H:son Ericson
H:son Ericson, StigStig H:son Ericson1 October 19531961
5
Åke Lindemalm
Lindemalm, ÅkeÅke Lindemalm19611970
6
Bengt Lundvall
Lundvall, BengtBengt Lundvall19701978
7
Per Rudberg
Rudberg, PerPer Rudberg19781984
8
Bengt Schuback
Schuback, BengtBengt Schuback19841990
9
Dick Börjesson
Börjesson, DickDick Börjesson19901994

Chiefs of Navy Staff[edit | edit source]

Chief of Navy Staff (Chef för marinledningen) Took office Left office
10
Peter Nordbeck
Nordbeck, PeterPeter Nordbeck19951 July 1998[7]

Inspectors General of the Navy[edit | edit source]

Inspector General of the Navy (Generalinspektör för marinen) Took office Left office
11
Torsten Lindh
Lindh, TorstenTorsten Lindh1 July 1998[8]2001
12
Jörgen Ericsson
Ericsson, JörgenJörgen Ericsson1 October 2001[9]2003

Inspectors of the Navy[edit | edit source]

Inspector of the Navy (Marininspektör) Took office Left office
12
Jörgen Ericsson
Ericsson, JörgenJörgen Ericsson20032005
13
Anders Grenstad
Grenstad, AndersAnders Grenstad20052011
14
Jan Thörnqvist
Thörnqvist, JanJan Thörnqvist1 March 2011[10]2013

Chiefs of Navy[edit | edit source]

Chief of Navy (Marinchef) Took office Left office
14
Jan Thörnqvist
Thörnqvist, JanJan Thörnqvist201418 April 2016[11]
15
Jens Nykvist
Nykvist, JensJens Nykvist4 May 2016[12]Incumbent

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "PRODUKTIONSLEDNINGEN" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/organisation/hogkvarteret/produktionsledningen/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 (in Swedish) Försvarets traditioner i framtiden med översiktlig historik från 1500-talet. Statens försvarshistoriska museer TradN. 2015. p. 12. ISBN 9789197859554. 17552963. Archived from the original on 2016-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20160817031003/http://www.sfhm.se/globalassets/__media/pdfer-och-dokument/verksamhet/forsvarets-traditionsnamnd/skriften-med-bilagor/traditionsnamnden_forsvarets_traditioner_i_framtiden_med_oversiktlig_historik_fran_1500_talet_reviderad_2016-03-30.pdf. 
  3. Nordgren, Annika (24 February 1998). "Motion till riksdagen 1997/98:Fö3" (in Swedish). Riksdag. http://data.riksdagen.se/dokument/GL02F%C3%B63. 
  4. "Nya namn på nya poster" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 20 December 2013. http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuellt/2013/12/nya-namn-pa-nya-poster/?section=15809. 
  5. (in sv) Försvarets författningssamling: FFS 2013:4. Stockholm: TF-redaktionen, Försvarets materielverk. 2013-12-23. p. 18. ISSN 0347-7576. 3683131. http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/siteassets/4-om-myndigheten/dokumentfiler/lagrum/upphavda-foreskrifter/ffs-2013-4-fmarbo.pdf. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gäfvert, Björn (2013). "Helge Hj I Strömbäck" (in Swedish). Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. 34. National Archives of Sweden. p. 20. https://sok.riksarkivet.se/sbl/Presentation.aspx?id=34578. 
  7. Öhman, Anders (1998-07-17). "DN gratulerar: En sjöman går iland" (in Swedish). https://www.dn.se/arkiv/familj/dn-gratulerar-en-sjoman-gar-iland/. 
  8. Lindh, Torsten (2002). "Tre år som Generalinspektör för marinen - blev det som jag hade tänkt mig?" (in sv). Carlskrona: Tidskrift i sjöväsendet. p. 15. 8258455. http://www.koms.se/content/uploads/2013/06/Tis-nr-1-2002.pdf. 
  9. "Ny Generalinspektör för Marinen" (in Swedish). Skärgårdarnas Riksförbund. 1 October 2001. http://arkiv.skargardsbryggan.se/2001/10/ny-generalinspektor-for-marinen/. 
  10. "Jan Thörnqvist blir ny marininspektör" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 11 January 2011. http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuellt/2011/01/jan-thornqvist-blir-ny-marininspektor/. 
  11. "Jan Thörnqvist ny insatschef" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 7 April 2016. http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuellt/2016/04/jan-thornqvist-ny-insatschef/. 
  12. "Jens Nykvist ny marinchef" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 4 May 2016. http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuellt/2016/05/jens-nykvist-ny-marinchef/. 


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