The Air Force is the air-military branch of Denmark’s defense and is under the Joint Defense Command, which in turn is under the Ministry of Defense. On 27 May 1950, the Danish Parliament passed by Act no. 242 that Denmark should have an independent air force. The Air Force emerged as a merger of the Army Air Force and the Navy Air Force on October 1, 1950 with General C.C. Førslev as military chief. The Air Force, which is internationally abbreviated RDAF (Royal Danish Air Force), consists of the Air Force Command (formerly the Air Staff), operational Wings, schools and other functions.