Chief of the Navy (Norway)

The Chief of the Navy (Norwegian: Sjef Sjøforsvaret) is the Commander–in–chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy.

The Chief of the Navy is head over the Navy, Coast Guard, and Coastal Artillery. Presiding over close to 5,000 military men during peacetime and over 6,000 in wartime, the Chief of the Navy has great responsibility to lead and defend. With the seas under his discretion, the Inspector General watches over the seas which are seven times greater in area than that of Norway's mainland.

The Chief not only commands the naval department, he also accepts new vessels into the department.

Chief of the Navy
Sjef Sjøforsvaret
Flag of the Inspector General of the Norwegian Navy
Incumbent
Nils Andreas Stensønes

since 2017
 Royal Norwegian Navy
Reports to Chief of Defence
Formation1901
First holderChristian Sparre

List of chiefs

Commanding Admiral
Commanding Admiral Took office Left office Time in office
1
Christian Sparre
Vice admiral
Christian Sparre
(1859–1940)
22 December 190119108–9 years
2
Karl Friedrich Griffin Dawes
Rear admiral
Karl Friedrich Griffin Dawes
(1861–1941)
191019198–9 years
3
Alfred Berglund
Rear admiral
Alfred Berglund
(1862–1945)
1919193010–11 years
4
Jakob von der Lippe
Rear admiral
Jakob von der Lippe
(1872–1953)
1930August 19343–4 years
5
Edgar Otto
Rear admiral
Edgar Otto
(1872–1952)
August 193419383–4 years
6
Henry Diesen
Rear admiral
Henry Diesen
(1883–1953)
1938August 19412–3 years
Chief of the Navy
General Inspector for the Navy
  • 1970–1974: Hans Skjong
  • 1974–1976: Oddmund Peder Åkenes
  • 1976–1980: Charles Oluf Herlofson
  • 1980–1983: Roy Breivik
  • 1983–1989: Bjarne Grimstvedt
  • 1989–1992: Rolf Eilhardt Pedersen
  • 1992–1995: Kjell Amund Prytz
  • 1995–2000: Hans Kristian Svensholt
  • 2000–2003: Kjell-Birger Olsen
  • 2003–2008: Jan Eirik Finseth
  • 2008–2011: Haakon Bruun-Hanssen
  • 2011–2014: Bernt Grimstvedt
  • 2014–2017: Lars Saunes
Chief of the Navy
Chief of the Navy Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Lars Saunes [no]
Counter admiral
Lars Saunes
(born 1959)
1 January 201716 August 2017227 days[1]
2
Nils-Andreas Stensønes
Counter admiral
Nils-Andreas Stensønes
(born 1964)
16 August 2017Incumbent1 year, 359 days[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Kvamme, Ole Dag (21 June 2017). "Stensønes ny sjef for Sjøforsvaret". aldrimer.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 April 2019.
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