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Chief of the Namibian Defence Force
Air Marshal Martin Pinehas

since 01 April 2020
Ministry of Defence
Reports to Minister of Defence
Appointer President of Namibia
Constituting instrument Defence Act of 2002
Precursor Commander of the SWATF
Formation 1990
First holder Dimo Hamaambo

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) is the professional head of the Namibian Defence Force. He is responsible for the administration and the operational control of the Namibian military.[1] The position was established after Namibia became independent in 1990. The current chief is Air Marshal Martin Pinehas, he succeeded Lieutenant general John Mutwa.[2]

List of Chiefs[]

Chief of the Defence Force Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1Hamaambo, DimoLieutenant general Dimo Hamaambo
March 1990November 200010 years, 8 months[3][4]
2Huwala, SolomonLieutenant general Solomon HuwalaNovember 2000October 20065 years, 11 months[3][4][5]
3Shalli, MartinLieutenant general Martin Shalli
(born 1954)
October 2006July 20092 years, 9 months[3][6]
Nambundunga, PeterMajor general Peter Nambundunga (Acting)July 2009January 20111 year, 7 months[6][7]
4Ndaitwah, EpaphrasLieutenant General Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah
(born 1952)
January 201131 December 20132 years, 11 months[3][8]
5Mutwa, JohnLieutenant general John Mutwa
(born 1960)
31 December 201331 March 20206 years, 3 months[1]
6Pinehas, MartinAir Marshal Martin Pinehas
(born 1962)
1 April 2020Incumbent1 year, 5 months


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