Chief of Defence Force (New Zealand)

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Chief of Defence Force
Coat of arms of New Zealand.svg
Coat of arms of New Zealand
Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short.png
Incumbent
Air Marshal Kevin Short

since 1 July 2018
Abbreviation CDF
Member of New Zealand Defence Force
Reports to Minister of Defence
Term length Three years (renewable)
Constituting instrument Defence Act 1990
Formation 1 July 1963
First holder Vice Admiral
Sir Peter Phipps
Deputy Vice Chief of Defence Force
Website Official website

The Chief of Defence Force (CDF) is the appointment held by the professional head of the New Zealand Defence Force. The post has existed under its present name since 1991. From 1963 to 1991 the head of the New Zealand Defence Force was known as the Chief of Defence Staff. All the incumbents have held three-star rank. The current Chief of Defence Force is Air Marshal Kevin Short.[1]

Role

The CDF is the professional head of the defence forces and serves as the principal military advisor to the government. He is responsible for directing the Chiefs of Service and ensuring moral. The CDF also serves as the Chief Executive of the Defence Force, thereby being the person with sole accountability to the Government and people of New Zealand.[2]

Appointees

The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Chief of Defence Force or its preceding positions, with rank and honours as at the completion of the individual's term.

Name Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
Chief of Defence Staff
1
Sir Peter Phipps KBE, DSC & Bar, VRD
Phipps, PeterVice Admiral
Sir Peter Phipps KBE, DSC & Bar, VRD
(1909–1989)
1 July 1963 July 1965 2 years RNZN
2
Sir Leonard Thornton KCB, CBE
Thornton, LeonardLieutenant General
Sir Leonard Thornton KCB, CBE
(1916–1999)
July 1965 1971 5–6 years Army
3
Sir Richard Webb KBE, CB
Webb, RichardLieutenant General
Sir Richard Webb KBE, CB
(1919–1990)
1971 1976 4–5 years Army
4
Sir Richard Bolt KBE, CB, DFC, AFC
Bolt, RichardAir Marshal
Sir Richard Bolt KBE, CB, DFC, AFC
(1923–2014)
1976 1980 3–4 years RNZAF
5
Sir Neil Anderson KBE, CB
Anderson, NeilVice Admiral
Sir Neil Anderson KBE, CB
(1927–2010)
1980 1983 2–3 years RNZN
6
Sir Ewan Jamieson KBE, CB
Jamieson, EwanAir Marshal
Sir Ewan Jamieson KBE, CB
(1930–2013)
1983 1986 2–3 years RNZAF
7
David Crooks CB, OBE
Crooks, DavidAir Marshal
David Crooks CB, OBE
(born 1931)
1986 1987 2–3 years RNZAF
8
Sir John Mace KBE, CB
Mace, JohnLieutenant General
Sir John Mace KBE, CB
(born 1932)
1987 1991 3–4 years Army
Chief of Defence Force
9
Sir Somerford Teagle KBE
Teagle, SomerfordVice Admiral
Sir Somerford Teagle KBE
1991 1995 3–4 years RNZN
10
Anthony Birks CB, OBE
Birks, Anthony LeonardLieutenant General
Anthony Birks CB, OBE
(1941–2002)
1995 1999 3–4 years Army
11
Carey Adamson CNZM, AFC
Adamson, CareyAir Marshal
Carey Adamson CNZM, AFC
(born 1942)
1999 2001 3–4 years RNZAF
12
Bruce Ferguson DCNZM, OBE, AFC
Ferguson, BruceAir Marshal
Bruce Ferguson DCNZM, OBE, AFC
(born 1949)
2001 30 April 2006 4–5 years RNZAF
13
Jerry Mateparae ONZM
Mateparae, JerryLieutenant General
Jerry Mateparae ONZM
(born 1954)
1 May 2006 23 January 2011 4 years, 267 days Army
14
Rhys Jones CNZM
Jones, RhysLieutenant General
Rhys Jones CNZM
(born 1960)
24 January 2011 31 January 2014 3 years, 7 days Army
15
Tim Keating MNZM
Keating, TimLieutenant General
Tim Keating MNZM
1 February 2014 30 June 2018 4 years, 149 days Army
16
Kevin Short
Short, KevinAir Marshal
Kevin Short
1 July 2018 Incumbent 293 days RNZAF

References

  1. ^ "NZDF website CDF page". Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  2. ^ New Zealand Defence Force (8 November 2017). "About Us". nzdf.mil.nz. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
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