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Chief of the Naval Command
Chef for Søværnskommandoen
Naval Rank Flag of Denmark - Rear Admiral.svg
Rank flag for Rear admirals
Emblem of the Chief of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Coat of Arms
 Royal Danish Navy
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Incumbent
Rear admiral Torben Mikkelsen

since 1 June 2017
 Royal Danish Navy
Member of Defence Command
Reports to Chief of Defence
Term length No fixed length
Formation 5 March 1909
First holder Carl Frederik Wandel

The Chief of the Royal Danish Navy is the professional head of the Royal Danish Navy. Originally the position was held by the da (Admiralty and Commissioners College), which existed from 1660 until the end of absolute monarchy in 1848.[1] Following the end of absolutism, the Minister for the Navy was created becoming the highest position in the Navy.[2] With the collection of the Ministry of the Navy and the Ministry of War in 1905, command of the navy was moved again.[3] Following the creation of the Defence Command in 1969, the commands for the three branches was collected, giving power to the Chief of Defence. On 1 January 2019, as part of the Danish Defence Agreement 2018–23, the Danish name was changed Naval Command.[4]

The current Chief of the Naval Command is Rear admiral Torben Mikkelsen (appointed 1 June 2017).

List of chiefs[edit | edit source]

Chiefs of the Naval Command[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Naval Command Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Carl Frederik Wandel
Wandel, CarlVice admiral Carl Frederik Wandel
(1843–1930)
5 March 19091 August 19112 years, 180 days[5][6][7]
2
Otto Joachim Moltke Kofoed-Hansen
Kofoed-Hansen, OttoVice admiral Otto Joachim Moltke Kofoed-Hansen
(1854–1918)
as Chief of the Fleet High Command
1 August 191111 April 1918 †6 years, 222 days[5][8]
3
Anton Ferdinand Mazanti Evers
Evers, Anton FerdinandVice admiral Anton Ferdinand Mazanti Evers
(1857–1951)
27 April 191831 March 19234 years, 338 days[9]
4
Henri Konow
Konow, HenriVice admiral Henri Konow
(1862–1939)
31 March 19237 February 19273 years, 313 days[10]
5
Georg Carl Amdrup
Amdrup, Georg CarlVice admiral Georg Carl Amdrup
(1866–1947)
7 February 19271 April 19325 years, 54 days[11]
6
da (Hjalmar Rechnitzer)
Rechnitzer, HjalmarVice admiral da (Hjalmar Rechnitzer)
(1872–1953)
1 April 193210 May 19408 years, 39 days[12]
-
Emmanuel Briand de Crèvecoeur
Crèvecoeur, EmmanuelRear admiral Emmanuel Briand de Crèvecoeur (Acting)
(1882–1968)
10 May 194025 July 19411 year, 76 days[13][14]
-
A. H. Vedel
Vedel, AageRear admiral A. H. Vedel (Acting)
(1894–1981)
25 July 19411 August 194138 days[15]
7
A. H. Vedel
Vedel, AageVice admiral A. H. Vedel
(1894–1981)
1 August 194129 August 19431 year, 301 days[15]
Vacant
No chief following Operation Safari
(7)
A. H. Vedel
Vedel, AageVice admiral A. H. Vedel
(1894–1981)
5 May 194531 May 195813 years, 26 days[15]
8
Hans Alfred Nyholm
Nyholm, HansVice admiral Hans Alfred Nyholm
(1898–1964)
31 May 19581 June 19613 years, 1 day[16]
9
Svend Erik Pontoppidan
Pontoppidan, Svend ErikVice admiral Svend Erik Pontoppidan
(1900–1987)
1 June 196130 November 19654 years, 182 days[17][18]
10
Sven Støckel Thostrup
Thostrup, Sven StøckelVice admiral Sven Støckel Thostrup
(1915–2006)
1 December 19651 January 19704 years, 32 days[19][20]

Chiefs of the Navy[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Navy Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Ole Brinck-Lund
Brinck-Lund, OleRear admiral Ole Brinck-Lund
(1918–2008)
1 January 197030 April 19733 years, 119 days[21]
2
Niels Færgemann Lange
Lange, Niels FærgemannRear admiral Niels Færgemann Lange
(1919–2006)
1 May 197330 September 19741 year, 153 days[21]
3
Henrik Marius Petersen
Petersen, Henrik MariusRear admiral Henrik Marius Petersen
(1919–1978)
1 October 19742 May 1978 †3 years, 213 days[21]
-
da (Helge Nielsen (officer))
Nielsen, HelgeCommodore da (Helge Nielsen (officer)) (Acting)
(1921–2013)
2 May 197831 May 197829 days[21]
4
Fritz Carl Heisterberg-Andersen
Heisterberg-Andersen, Fritz CarlRear admiral Fritz Carl Heisterberg-Andersen
(1918–1984)
1 June 197830 September 19791 year, 121 days[21]
-
Tage Nikolaj Laursen
Laursen, Tage NikolajCommodore Tage Nikolaj Laursen (Acting)
(1920–?)
1 October 197931 October 197930 days[21]
(2)
Niels Færgemann Lange
Lange, Niels FærgemannRear admiral Niels Færgemann Lange
(1919–2006)
1 November 197931 January 1980122 days[21]
5
da (Sven Eigil Thiede)
Thiede, Sven EigilRear admiral da (Sven Eigil Thiede)
(1924–2005)
1 February 198030 April 19833 years, 88 days[21]

Inspector of the Navy[edit | edit source]

Inspector of the Navy Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
da (Sven Eigil Thiede)
Thiede, Sven EigilRear admiral da (Sven Eigil Thiede)
(1924–2005)
1 July 198230 April 1983303 days[21]
2
Johan Olfert Fischer
Fischer, Johan OlfertRear admiral Johan Olfert Fischer
(1925–?)
1 May 198330 September 19841 year, 153 days[21]
3
Jørgen Frits Bork
Bork, Jørgen FritsRear admiral Jørgen Frits Bork
(1927–2017)
1 October 198431 March 19883 years, 182 days[21][22]
4
Jørgen Garde
Garde, JørgenRear admiral Jørgen Garde
(1939–1996)
1 April 198831 October 19891 year, 213 days[21]
5
Knud Erik Johan Borck
Borck, Knud Erik JohanRear admiral Knud Erik Johan Borck
(1940–2011)
1 November 19891 January 199061 days[21][23]

Chiefs of the Admiral Danish Fleet[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Admiral Danish Fleet Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Knud Erik Johan Borck
Borck, Knud Erik JohanRear admiral Knud Erik Johan Borck
(1940–2011)
1 January 199030 April 19955 years, 119 days[21]
2
Kristen Husted Winther
Winther, Kristen HustedRear admiral Kristen Husted Winther
(born 1946)
1 May 199530 June 20005 years, 60 days[21]
3
Tim Sloth Jørgensen
Jörgensen, Tim SlothRear admiral Tim Sloth Jørgensen
(born 1951)
1 July 200031 July 20022 years, 30 days[21]
4
Kurt Birger Jensen
Jensen, Kurt BirgerRear admiral Kurt Birger Jensen
(born 1949)
1 August 200231 July 20052 years, 364 days[21]
5
da (Nils Christian Wang)
Wang, Nils ChristianRear admiral da (Nils Christian Wang)
(born 1958)
1 August 200531 August 20105 years, 30 days[21][24]
6Hansen, FinnRear admiral da (Finn Hansen)
(born 1957)
1 September 20101 April 20132 years, 212 days[21][25]
-
Jan Leisborch
Leisborch, JanFlotilla admiral Jan Leisborch (Acting)
(born 1954)
1 April 201315 April 201314 days[26]
7
Frank Trojahn
Trojahn, FrankRear admiral Frank Trojahn
(born 1963)
15 April 201330 September 20141 year, 168 days[21][26]

Chiefs of the Naval Staff[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Naval Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Frank Trojahn
Trojahn, FrankRear admiral Frank Trojahn
(born 1963)
1 October 201431 March 20172 years, 242 days[21][26]
2
Torben Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen, TorbenRear admiral Torben Mikkelsen
(born 1963)
1 June 201731 December 20181 year, 213 days[27]

Chiefs of the Naval Command[edit | edit source]

Chief of the Naval Command Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Torben Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen, TorbenRear admiral Torben Mikkelsen
(born 1963)
1 January 2019Incumbent2 years, 206 days.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bjerg, Hans Christian (30 November 2011). "Admiralitets- og Kommissariatskollegiet" (in Danish). Gyldendal. http://denstoredanske.dk/Samfund,_jura_og_politik/Milit%C3%A6r/S%C3%B8v%C3%A6rnet/Admiralitets-_og_Kommissariatskollegiet. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  2. Balsved, Johnny (11 October 2009). "Flådens chefer" (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/FlaadensChefer.htm. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  3. "Forsvarsministeriets historie" (in Danish). 6 April 2016. http://www.fmn.dk/omos/Historie/Pages/forsvarsministerietshistorie.aspx. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  4. "Forsvarschefen om implementeringen af Forsvarsforliget" (in Danish). http://www.dsm-soldat.dk/432562943. Retrieved 31 January 2019. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Balsved, Johnny. "Kofoed-Hansen, O. J." (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/K/Kofoed-Hansen_OJ.htm. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  6. Ipsen, Paul (18 July 2011). "C.F. Wandel" (in Danish). Gyldendal. http://denstoredanske.dk/Dansk_Biografisk_Leksikon/Forsvar_og_politi/S%C3%B8officer/C.F._Wandel. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  7. Marineministeriets Foranstaltning (in Danish). Haanbog for Søvernet 1910. Copenhagen: H.H. Thieles. p. 15. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1910-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  8. Marineministeriets Foranstaltning (in Danish). Haanbog for Søvernet 1913. Copenhagen: H.H. Thieles. p. 14. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1913-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  9. Balsved, Johnny. "Evers, Anton F. M." (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/E/Evers_Anton_FM.htm. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  10. Marineministeriets Foranstaltning (in Danish). Haanbog for Søvernet 1924. Copenhagen: H.H. Thieles. p. 15. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1924-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  11. Marineministeriets Foranstaltning (in Danish). Haanbog for Søvernet 1931. Copenhagen: Centraltrykkeriet. p. 16. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1931-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  12. Balsved, Johnny. "Rechnitzer, H." (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/R/Rechnitzer_Hjalmar.htm. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  13. Marineministeriets Foranstaltning (in Danish). Haandbog for Søværnet 1941. Copenhagen: Centraltrykkeriet. p. 17. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1941-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  14. Balsved, Johnny. "Briand de Crèvecoeur, E." (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/B/Briand_de_Crevecoeur_E.htm. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Balsved, Johnny. "Vedel, A. H." (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/V/Vedel_A_H.htm. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  16. Ministry of Defence (in Danish). Håndbog for Søværnet 1959. Copenhagen: Centraltrykkeriet. p. 18. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1959-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  17. Ministry of Defence (in Danish). Håndbog for Søværnet 1962. Copenhagen: Centraltrykkeriet. p. 18. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1962-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  18. Balsved, Johnny. "Pontoppidan, S. E." (in Danish). http://www.navalhistory.dk/Danish/Officererne/P/Pontoppidan_Svend.htm. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  19. Ministry of Defence (in Danish). Håndbog for Søværnet 1967. Copenhagen: Centraltrykkeriet. p. 18. http://www.marinehist.dk/hfs/1967-HfS.pdf. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
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  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 "Ny chef for Søværnets Operative Kommando" (in Danish). 16 April 2013. https://www2.forsvaret.dk/nyheder/overige_nyheder/Pages/NychefforSoev%C3%A6rnetsOperativeKommandoharovertagetkommandoen.aspx. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 
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