Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom)

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Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Rank insignia of the incumbent as per branch
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Incumbent
General Gordon Messenger

since May 2016
Style Admiral
General
Air Chief Marshal
Inaugural holder Air Chief Marshal
Sir Alfred Earle

The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) is the deputy to the Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces.[1] The position was titled Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff before 1964.[2] From 1966 to 1978 the post was occupied by a 3 star officer. From 1978 onwards the post has been held by a 4 star officer.

List of Vice Chiefs of the Defence Staff

These were:[2]

References

  1. Vice Chief of Defence Staff Ministry of Defence
  2. 2.0 2.1 "V: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND TRI-SERVICE SENIOR APPOINTMENTS" (PDF). Retrieved 11 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>