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Sir Jock Stirrup - Oct 2006

The current Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the professional head of the British Armed Forces and the principal military adviser to the British Government. Constitutionally, the British Monarch is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and therefore is senior to the CDS. In practice the Government provide direction through the Defence Council of which the CDS is a member. The post was created in 1959 to reflect the new conceptions of joint operations that had come to the fore in World War II. Prior to the creation of the post, Sir William Dickson served as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee from 1956 onwards. Before 1956, although no permanent post of chairman existed, the three service chiefs took it in turn to act as chairman.

From the creation of the post until 1997, the Chief of the Defence Staff was appointed to the highest rank in the branch of the British armed forces to which he belonged, being an Admiral of the Fleet, a Field Marshal or Marshal of the Royal Air Force, (NATO rank code OF-10). However, with the post-Cold War size of the British Armed Forces and the reasoning that no new Field Marshals are to be routinely appointed in peacetime, since 1997 the Chief of the Defence Staff has been appointed at the rank of Admiral, General or Air Chief Marshal, (NATO OF-9). The CDS is supported by a deputy, the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, who since 1997 has been of equivalent rank but is ordinarily from a different service to the CDS.

The current Chief of the Defence Staff is Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup who succeeded General Sir Michael Walker on 28 April 2006. He is to be succeeded by David Richards in October 2010.[1]

Chiefs of the Defence StaffEdit

Air Vice-Marshal Dickson near Venafro, Italy

Sir William Dickson, the first CDS

Mountbatten

Lord Mountbatten, the longest serving CDS

Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge KG, GCB

Sir Peter Inge, the last 5 star CDS

Name Branch Date appointed Time in appointment Relinquished appointment
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Dickson GCB, KBE, DSO, AFC[2] PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 1 January 1959   50000000000000000000 years, 7002192000000000000192 days   12 July 1959  
Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Mountbatten of Burma KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy 13 July 1959   70006000000000000006 years, 70002000000000000002 days   15 July 1965  
Field Marshal Sir Richard Hull KG, GCB, DSO Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 16 July 1965   70002000000000000002 years, 700119000000000000019 days   4 August 1967  
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Charles Elworthy KG, GCB, CBE, DSO, LVO, DFC, AFC[3] PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 7 August 1967   70003000000000000003 years, 7002244000000000000244 days   8 April 1971  
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Peter Hill-Norton GCB Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy 9 April 1971   70002000000000000002 years, 7002195000000000000195 days   21 October 1973  
Field Marshal Sir Michael Carver GCB, CBE, DSO, MC Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 22 October 1973   70003000000000000003 years, 70001000000000000001 day   23 October 1976  
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Andrew Humphrey GCB, OBE, DFC, AFC PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 24 October 1976   50000000000000000000 years, 700192000000000000092 days   24 January 1977  
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore GCB, DSC Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy 9 February 1977   50000000000000000000 years, 7002202000000000000202 days   30 August 1977  
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Neil Cameron KT, GCB, CBE, DSO, DFC[4] PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 31 August 1977   70002000000000000002 years, 50000000000000000000 days   31 August 1979  
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Terence Lewin KG, GCB, LVO, DSC Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy 1 September 1979   70003000000000000003 years, 700129000000000000029 days   30 September 1982  
Field Marshal Sir Edwin Bramall KG, GCB, OBE, MC Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 1 October 1982   70003000000000000003 years, 700130000000000000030 days   31 October 1985  
Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Fieldhouse GCB, GBE Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy 1 November 1985   70003000000000000003 years, 700138000000000000038 days   9 December 1988  
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir David Craig GCB, OBE PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 9 December 1988   70002000000000000002 years, 7002113000000000000113 days   1 April 1991  
Field Marshal Sir Richard Vincent GBE, KCB, DSO Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 2 April 1991   70001000000000000001 year, 7002273000000000000273 days   31 December 1992  
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Peter Harding GCB PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 1 January 1993   70001000000000000001 year, 700171000000000000071 days   13 March 1994  
Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge KG, GCB Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 14 March 1994   70003000000000000003 years, 700118000000000000018 days   1 April 1997  
General Sir Charles Guthrie GCB, LVO, OBE Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 2 April 1997   70003000000000000003 years, 7002319000000000000319 days   15 February 2001  
Admiral Sir Michael Boyce GCB, OBE Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy 16 February 2001   70002000000000000002 years, 700175000000000000075 days   2 May 2003  
General Sir Michael Walker GCB, CMG, CBE Flag of the British Army.svg British Army 4 May 2003   70002000000000000002 years, 7002359000000000000359 days   28 April 2006  
Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup GCB, AFC PD-icon.svg This article incorporates http://www.af.mil/main/disclaimer.asp public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force. 28 April 2006   700111000000000000011 years, 7002114000000000000114 days   Currently in appointment  
General Sir David Richards KCB, CBE, DSO Flag of the British Army.svg British Army   From October 2010  

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