Chiefs of Defence Staff

Defence written question – answered on 21st November 2002.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the periods of office for the last five (a) Chiefs of Defence Staff, and (b) First Sea Lords after 1972.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The information requested is set out in the table:

Last five chiefs of Defence Staff Period of office
Admiral Sir Michael Boyce GCB OBE ADC 16.02.01-
General Sir Charles Guthrie GCB LVO OBE ADC Gen 02.04.97–15.02.01
Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge GCB 15.03.94–01.04.97
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Peter Harding GCB DSc FRAeS CBIM 01.01.93–13.03.94
Field Marshal Sir Richard Vincent CBE KCB DSO 02.04.91–13.12.92
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir David Craig GCB OBE DSc MA FRAeS 10.12.88–01.04.91
First Sea Lords after 1972
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Michael Pollock GCB MVO DSC ADC 13.03.71–02.03.74
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore GCB DSC ADC 02.03.74–01.03.77
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Terence Lewin GCB DSC ADC 01.03.77–06.07.79
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach GCB ADC 06.07.79–01.12.82
Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Fieldhouse GCB GBE ADC 01.12.82–02.08.85
Admiral of the Fleet Sir William Staveley GCB ADC 02.08.85–25.05.89
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian Oswald GCB ADC 25.05.89–02.03.93
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Benjamin Bathurst GCB ADC 02.03.93–10.07.95
Admiral Sir Jock Slater GCB LVO ADC 10.07.95–08.10.98
Admiral Sir Michael Boyce GCB OBE ADC 08.10.98–16.01.01
Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh GCB ADC 16.01.01–17.09.02
Admiral Sir Alan West KCB DSC ADC 17.09.02-

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