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List of ministers of national defense of Turkey

The following is a list of ministers of national defense of Turkey.

No. Portrait Minister Term of office Political party
1 Fevzi Çakmak 3 May 1920 5 August 1921 Independent
2 Refet Bele 5 August 1921 10 January 1922 Independent
3 Kazım Özalp 10 January 1922 21 November 1924 Republican People's Party
4 Fethi Okyar 22 November 1924 3 March 1925 Republican People's Party
5 Recep Peker 4 March 1925 1 November 1927 Republican People's Party
6 Abdülhalik Renda 1 November 1927 25 December 1930 Republican People's Party
7 Zekai Apaydın 29 December 1930 1 March 1935 Republican People's Party
(3) Kazım Özalp 1 March 1935 18 January 1939 Republican People's Party
8 Naci Tınaz 18 January 1939 5 April 1940 Republican People's Party
9 Saffet Arıkan 5 April 1940 12 November 1941 Republican People's Party
10 Ali Rıza Artunkal 12 November 1941 7 August 1946 Republican People's Party
11 Cemil Cahit Toydemir 7 August 1946 5 September 1947 Republican People's Party
12 Münir Birsel 5 September 1947 5 June 1948 Republican People's Party
Hasan Saka
Acting Minister
5 June 1948 10 June 1948 Republican People's Party
13 Hüseyin Hüsnü Çakır 10 June 1948 22 May 1950 Republican People's Party
14 Refik Şevket İnce 22 May 1950 9 March 1951 Democrat Party
15 Ahmet Hulusi Köymen 9 March 1951 10 December 1952 Democrat Party
16 Seyfi Kurtbek 10 December 1952 1 November 1953 Democrat Party
17 Kenan Yılmaz 1 November 1953 17 May 1954 Democrat Party
18 Ethem Menderes 17 May 1954 15 September 1955 Democrat Party
Mehmet Fuat Köprülü
Acting Minister
15 September 1955 9 December 1955 Democrat Party
Adnan Menderes
Acting Minister
9 December 1955 28 July 1957 Democrat Party
19 Hasan Şemi Ergin 28 July 1957 19 January 1958 Democrat Party
(18) Ethem Menderes 19 January 1958 27 May 1960 Democrat Party
20 Cemal Gürsel 30 May 1960 9 June 1960 Military
21 Hüseyin Ataman 22 October 1960 5 January 1961 Military
22 Muzaffer Alankuş 5 January 1961 3 July 1961 Military
23 İlhami Sancar 20 November 1961 20 February 1965 Republican People's Party
24 Hasan Dinçer 20 February 1965 10 August 1965 Justice Party
25 Mustafa Hazım Dağlı 10 August 1965 27 October 1965 Justice Party
26 Ahmet Topaloğlu 27 October 1965 26 March 1971 Justice Party
27 Ferit Melen 26 March 1971 22 May 1972 Republican Reliance Party
28 Mehmet İzmen 22 May 1972 15 April 1973 Justice Party
(23) İlhami Sancar 15 April 1973 26 January 1974 Republican People's Party
29 Hasan Esat Işık 26 January 1974 17 November 1974 Republican People's Party
(23) İlhami Sancar 17 November 1974 31 March 1975 Republican People's Party
(27) Ferit Melen 31 March 1975 21 June 1977 Republican Reliance Party
(29) Hasan Esat Işık 21 June 1977 21 July 1977 Republican People's Party
30 Sadettin Bilgiç 21 July 1977 18 October 1977 Justice Party
Cihat Bilgehan
Acting Minister
14 October 1977 28 October 1977 Justice Party
31 Turhan Kapanlı 1 November 1977 5 January 1978 Justice Party
(29) Hasan Esat Işık 5 January 1978 16 January 1979 Republican People's Party
32 Neşet Akmandor 16 January 1979 12 November 1979 Republican People's Party
33 Ahmet İhsan Birincioğlu 12 November 1979 12 September 1980 Justice Party
34 Ümit Haluk Bayülken 20 September 1980 13 December 1983 Independent
35 Zeki Yavuztürk 13 December 1983 21 December 1987 Motherland Party
36 Ercan Vuralhan 21 December 1987 30 March 1989 Motherland Party
37 Safa Giray 30 March 1989 19 October 1990 Motherland Party
Güneş Taner
Acting Minister
19 October 1990 28 October 1990 Motherland Party
38 Hüsnü Doğan 28 October 1990 22 February 1991 Motherland Party
39 Mehmet Yazar 1 March 1991 23 June 1991 Motherland Party
40 Barlas Doğu 23 June 1991 20 November 1991 Motherland Party
41 Nevzat Ayaz 20 November 1991 24 October 1993 True Path Party
42 Mehmet Gölhan 24 October 1993 5 October 1995 True Path Party
43 Vefa Tanır 5 October 1995 6 March 1996 True Path Party
44 Mahmut Oltan Sungurlu 6 March 1996 28 June 1996 Motherland Party
45 Turhan Tayan 28 June 1996 30 June 1997 True Path Party
46 İsmet Sezgin 30 June 1997 11 January 1999 Democrat Turkey Party
47 Hikmet Sami Türk 11 January 1999 28 May 1999 Democratic Left Party
48 Sabahattin Çakmakoğlu 28 May 1999 18 November 2002 Nationalist Movement Party
49 Vecdi Gönül 18 November 2002 6 July 2011 Justice and Development Party
50 İsmet Yılmaz 6 July 2011 1 July 2015 Justice and Development Party
(49) Vecdi Gönül 3 July 2015 24 November 2015 Justice and Development Party
(50) İsmet Yılmaz 24 November 2015 24 May 2016 Justice and Development Party
51 Fikri Işık 24 May 2016 19 July 2017 Justice and Development Party
52 Nurettin Canikli 19 July 2017 10 July 2018 Justice and Development Party
53 Hulusi Akar 10 July 2018 3 June 2023 Justice and Development Party
54 Yaşar Güler 3 June 2023 Incumbent Justice and Development Party

See also

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