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
General Gordon Messenger

since May 2016
Style Admiral
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]


  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>