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Minister of Defence of the Netherlands
Minister van Defensie
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Ministry of Defence
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Incumbent
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

since 5 November 2012
Ministry of Defence
Style Her Excellency
Member of Council of Ministers
Appointer Mark Rutte
as Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Formation February 16, 1798; ago (1798-02-16)
First holder Gerrit Jan Pijman
(as Agent of War)
Salary €144,000 (including €7,887.24 expenses)
Website (English) Ministry of Defence

The Minister of Defence (Dutch language: Minister van Defensie ) is the head of the Ministry of Defence and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has been the Minister of Defence since 5 November 2012.

List of Ministers of Defence[]

For full list, see List of Ministers of Defence of the Netherlands. (Dutch)

Minister of Defence Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Major
Johan Lambooij
(1874–1942)
1 September 1928 –
10 August 1929
Roman-Catholic
State Party
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
Laurentius Nicolaas Deckers Laurentius Nicolaas Deckers
(1883–1978)
10 August 1929 –
2 September 1935
Roman-Catholic
State Party
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(De Beerenbrouck III)
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn II • III)
Hendrikus Colijn Major
Hendrikus Colijn
(Ad interim Prime Minister)
(1869–1944)
2 September 1935 –
24 June 1937
Anti-Revolutionary Party Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn III)
Jannes van Dijk Captain
Jannes van Dijk
(1871–1954)
24 June 1937 –
10 August 1939
Anti-Revolutionary Party Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IV • V)
Adriaan Dijxhoorn Lieutenant general
Adriaan Dijxhoorn
(1889–1953)
10 August 1939 –
12 June 1941
Independent Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer II)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy I)
Hendrik van Boeijen Hendrik van Boeijen
(1889–1947)
12 June 1941 –
27 July 1941
Christian Historical Union Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy I)
Minister
of War
Minister
of the Navy
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Hendrik van Boeijen
Van Boeijen
Johan Furstner
Furstner
Otto van Lidth de Jeude
v.L.d. Jeude
Jan de Quay
De Quay
Hendrik van Boeijen
(1889–1947)
Lieutenant admiral
Johan Furstner
(1887–1970)
27 July 1941 –
15 September 1942
Christian Historical Union
(v.Boeijen)
Independent
(Furstner)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy II)
Otto van Lidth de Jeude
(1881–1952)
15 September 1942 –
23 February 1945
Liberal State Party
(v.L.d.Jeude)
Independent
(Furstner)
Lieutenant commander
Jim de Booy
(1885–1969)
23 February 1945 –
4 April 1945
Independent Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
Major
Jan de Quay
(1901–1985)
Lieutenant commander
Jim de Booy
(1885–1969)
4 April 1945 –
24 June 1945
Catholic People's Party
(De Quay)
Independent
(De Booy)
Major
Jo Meynen
(1901–1980)
24 June 1945 –
3 July 1946
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(Meynen)
Independent
(De Booy)
Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Alexander Fiévez
Fiévez
Colonel
Alexander Fiévez
(1902–1949)
Colonel
Alexander Fiévez
(Ad interim)
(1902–1949)
3 July 1946 –
7 August 1946
Catholic People's Party
(Fiévez)
Independent
(S.v.Leeuwen)
Louis Beel
(Beel I)
Rear admiral
Jules Schagen van Leeuwen
(1896–1976)
7 August 1946 –
24 November 1947 [Res]
Colonel
Alexander Fiévez
(Ad interim)
(1902–1949)
25 November 1947 –
7 August 1948
Minister of War and the Navy Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Wim Schokking Captain
Wim Schokking
(1900–1960)
7 August 1948 –
15 October 1950 [Res]
Christian Historical Union Willem Drees
(Drees-Van Schaik)
Hans s'Jacob Captain
Hans s'Jacob
(1906–1967)
16 October 1950 –
15 March 1951
Christian Historical Union
Kees Staf Kees Staf
(1905–1973)
15 March 1951 –
13 October 1956
Christian Historical Union Willem Drees
(Drees III)
Minister of Defence Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Kees Staf Kees Staf
(1905–1973)
13 October 1956 –
19 May 1959
Christian Historical Union Willem Drees
(III)
Louis Beel
(Beel II)
Sidney J. van den Bergh Major general
Sidney J. van den Bergh
(1898–1977)
19 May 1959 –
1 August 1959 [Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
Jan de Quay Major
Jan de Quay
(Ad interim Prime Minister)
(1901–1985)
1 August 1959 –
4 September 1959
Catholic People's Party
Sim Visser Sergeant
Sim Visser
(1908–1983)
4 September 1959 –
24 July 1963
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Piet de Jong Captain
Piet de Jong
(born 1915)
24 July 1963 –
5 April 1967
Catholic People's Party Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
Jo Cals
(Cals)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Willem den Toom Lieutenant general
Willem den Toom
(1911–1998)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Hans de Koster Hans de Koster
(1914–1992)
6 July 1971 –
11 May 1973
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Henk Vredeling Henk Vredeling
(1924–2007)
11 May 1973 –
1 January 1977 [Appt]
Labour Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Bram Stemerdink Captain
Bram Stemerdink
(born 1936)
1 January 1977 –
19 December 1977
Labour Party
Roelof Kruisinga Private first class
Roelof Kruisinga
(1922–2012)
19 December 1977 –
4 March 1978 [Res]
Christian Historical Union Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Jan de Koning Lieutenant
Jan de Koning
(Ad interim Minister for Development Cooperation)
(1926–1994)
4 March 1978 –
8 March 1978
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Willem Scholten Willem Scholten
(1927–2005)
8 March 1978 –
25 August 1980 [Appt]
Christian Historical Union
Pieter de Geus Captain
Pieter de Geus
(1929–2004)
25 August 1980 –
11 September 1981
Christian Historical Union
Christian Democratic Appeal
Hans van Mierlo Officer cadet
Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66 Dries van Agt
(Van Agt IIIII)
Job de Ruiter Job de Ruiter
(1930–2015)
4 November 1982 –
14 July 1986
Christian Democratic Appeal Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
Wim van Eekelen Lieutenant
Wim van Eekelen
(born 1931)
14 July 1986 –
6 September 1988 [Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
Piet Bukman Lieutenant
Piet Bukman
(Ad interim Minister for Development Cooperation)
(born 1934)
6 September 1988 –
23 September 1988
Christian Democratic Appeal
Frits Bolkestein Frits Bolkestein
(born 1933)
24 September 1988 –
7 November 1989
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Relus ter Beek Relus ter Beek
(1944–2008)
7 November 1989 –
22 August 1994
Labour Party Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Joris Voorhoeve Joris Voorhoeve
(born 1945)
22 August 1994 –
3 August 1998
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Frank de Grave Private first class
Frank de Grave
(born 1955)
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Benk Korthals Benk Korthals
(born 1944)
22 July 2002 –
12 December 2002 [Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende I)
Henk Kamp Henk Kamp
(born 1952)
12 December 2002 –
22 February 2007
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIIII)
Eimert van Middelkoop Eimert van Middelkoop
(born 1949)
22 February 2007 –
14 October 2010
ChristianUnion Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
Hans Hillen Hans Hillen
(born 1947)
14 October 2010 –
5 November 2012
Christian Democratic Appeal Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
(born 1973)
5 November 2012 –
Incumbent
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
Res. Resigned.
Appt. Appointment: Henk Vredeling appointed European Commissioner 1977; Willem Scholten appointed Vice President of the Council of State 1980.

Living former Ministers of Defence[]

Minister of Defence Term Age
Piet de Jong 1963–1967 3 April 1915(1915-04-03) (age 106)
Bram Stemerdink 1977 6 March 1936(1936-03-06) (age 85)
Wim van Eekelen 1986–1988 5 February 1931(1931-02-05) (age 90)
Piet Bukman 1988 7 February 1934(1934-02-07) (age 87)
Frits Bolkestein 1988–1989 4 April 1933(1933-04-04) (age 88)
Joris Voorhoeve 1994–1998 22 December 1945(1945-12-22) (age 76)
Frank de Grave 1998–2002 27 June 1955(1955-06-27) (age 66)
Benk Korthals 2002 5 October 1944(1944-10-05) (age 77)
Henk Kamp 2002–2007 23 July 1952(1952-07-23) (age 69)
Eimert van Middelkoop 2007–2010 14 February 1949(1949-02-14) (age 72)
Hans Hillen 2010–2012 17 June 1947(1947-06-17) (age 74)
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert 2012– 7 April 1973(1973-04-07) (age 48)

See also[]

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