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Common Military Ranks
Naval Forces Land/Air Forces Commonwealth Air Forces
Admiral General Air Marshal
Commodore Brigadier Air Commodore
Captain Colonel Group Captain
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wing Commander
Lieutenant Commander Major Squadron Leader
Lieutenant Captain Flight Lieutenant
Sub-Lieutenant Lieutenant Flying Officer
Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Warrant Officer
Petty Officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading Rate Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private Aircraftman

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The word Admiral stems from the Arabic term Amir-al-bahr (commander of the sea). Crusaders learned the term during their encounters with the Arabs, perhaps as early as the 11th century. The Sicilians and later Genoese took the first two parts of the term and used them as one word, amiral, from their Catalan opponents. The French and Spanish gave their sea commanders similar titles. As the word was used by people speaking Latin or Latin-based languages it gained the "d" and endured a series of different endings and spellings leading to the English spelling "admyrall" in the 14th century and to "admiral" by the 16th century. Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... This article is about the medieval crusades. ... Languages Arabic other minority languages Religions Predomiantly Sunni Islam, as well as Shia Islam, Greek Orthodoxy, Greek Catholicism, Maronite, Alawite Islam, Druze, Ibadi Islam, and Judaism An Arab (Arabic: ) is any member of the Semitic group of people whose cultural, linguistic, and in certain cases, ancestral origins trace back to... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ... Genoa (Genova [] in Italian - Zena [] in Genoese) is a city and a seaport in northern Italy, the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. ... Capital Barcelona Official languages Spanish and Catalan In Val dAran, also Aranese. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ...


The word Admiral has today come to be almost exclusively associated with the highest naval rank in most of the world's navies, equivalent to the Army rank of (Full) General. Navies have military rank systems that often are quite different from those of armies or air forces. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The rank of Admiral has also been subdivided into various grades, several of which are historically extinct while others are used by most present day navies. The generic terms for these naval equivalents of army generals is Flag Officer. Some navies have also used army-type titles for them, such as the Cromwellian General at sea. The Israeli Defence Forces do not have separate naval ranks, and the Hebrew rank Aluf denotes both a General and an Admiral. A Flag Officer is a naval officer of a high rank entitling him to fly a personal flag, especially on his flagship. ... The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) (Hebrew: צבא ההגנה לישראל Tsva Ha-Haganah Le-Yisrael ([Army] Force [for] the Defense of Israel), often abbreviated צהל Tsahal, alternative English spelling Tzahal, is the name of Israels armed forces... “Hebrew” redirects here. ... Aluf is the term used for general in the Israeli Defence Forces. ...


Admiral ranks by seniority

The following are the various grades of Admiral, listed by seniority.

Admiral of the Navy (1)
Admiral of the Fleet | Fleet Admiral | Grand Admiral
General Admiral
Admiral
Vice Admiral | Lieutenant Admiral (2)
Rear Admiral | Counter Admiral
Flotilla Admiral

1 Admiral of the Navy was only ever held by one U.S. officer, George Dewey. In 1945, the U.S. Navy considered creating the equivalent rank of Flag Admiral, but nothing came of the proposal. Admiral of the Navy is a senior-most rank of a naval service, with its origins in the Middle Ages. ... Admiral of the Fleet is a supreme naval position that has existed in historical navies and still exists in several modern-day navies. ... A Fleet Admiral or a Admiral Of The Fleet, as it was first coined, is a military officer of very high rank and is a generic term for a senior admiral in command of a large group of ships, comprising a fleet or, in some cases, a group of fleets. ... German Grand Admiral Sleeve Insignia Grand Admiral Shoulder Insignia In the German Navy the rank of Grand Admiral (Großadmiral) was considered the highest Naval rank. ... Third Reich In the German Kriegsmarine, of the Second World War, General Admiral (in German: Generaladmiral) was a rank considered senior to an Admiral, but junior to a Grand Admiral. ... Vice Admiral is a naval rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. ... Lieutenant Admiral is a senior naval military rank in some countries of the world. ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... Counter Admiral is an Anglification of a naval rank found in some European navies; in the Deutsche Marine: Konteradmiral. ... Flotilla Admiral is a rank above Captain in the modern navies of Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. ... George Dewey (December 26, 1837 – January 16, 1917) was an admiral of the United States Navy, best known for his victory (without the loss of a single life of his own forces due to combat; one man died of heatstroke) at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American... Flag Admiral was a proposed rank of the United States Navy during the last year of World War II. It is considered unofficially as a six star Admiral rank, the equivalent to the rank of General of the Armies in the United States Army. ...


2 Lieutenant Admiral is considered equal to Vice Admiral in most navies. The Dutch are an exception, where a Luitenant Admiraal is equivalent to an Admiral.


Some navies have a junior rank of Flotilla Admiral, corresponding to Commodore in other navies. The U.S. Navy briefly flirted with the rank of Commodore Admiral (about 11 months), before splitting Rear Admiral into Rear Admiral, Upper Half and Rear Admiral, Lower Half. The Royal Navy has the position (not ranked by curtis) of Port Admiral; historically, this was often a senior captain rather than an admiral proper. Flotilla Admiral is a rank above Captain in the modern navies of Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. ... Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a Flag Officer. ... Commodore Admiral was a short lived military rank of the United States Navy that existed for less than 11 months during the year 1982. ... Port Admiral was a positional rank, now apparently defunct, in the British Royal Navy. ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ...


Admiral ranks by country

The French Navy, officially called the National Navy (French: Marine Nationale) is the maritime arm of the French military. ... Admiral is a rank of the German Navy that first appeared in the 19th century and was expanded in the early 20th century as part of a build-up and mobilization in preparation for the First World War. ... The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the armed forces of India. ... Admiral (admiraal) is a rank of the Royal Netherlands Navy (Koninklijke Marine) that can be held by either an Naval officer appointed by the government or a member of the royal family. ... Admiral (Amiral). ... Admiral is a senior rank of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, outranked only by the rank Admiral of the Fleet. ... The stars and shoulder boards of a four star admiral Admiral is a senior commissioned rank of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, and the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. ...

Real life admirals

Christopher Columbus For information about the director, see the article on Chris Columbus. ... Christopher Columbus (1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator and maritime explorer credited as the discoverer of the Americas. ... Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha (Turkish: Barbaros Hayreddin PaÅŸa or Hızır Hayreddin PaÅŸa; also Hızır Reis before being promoted to the rank of Pasha and becoming the Kaptan-ı Derya (Fleet Admiral) of the Ottoman Navy) (c. ... Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral, (c. ... Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was an English admiral famous for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars, most notably in the Battle of Trafalgar, where he lost his life. ... Sergey Georgyevich Gorshkov (b. ... Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was the Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces for the United States and Allied forces during World War II. He was the United States leading authority on submarines, as well as Chief of the Navys Bureau of Navigation... Elmo R. Zumwalt Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. ... Sir John Forster Sandy Woodward GBE KCB (born May 1, 1932) is a British Admiral who joined the Royal Navy in 1946 at age thirteen. ... Zheng He (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: Zhèng Hé; Wade-Giles: Cheng Ho; Birth name: 馬三寶 / 马三宝; Pinyin: ; Islamic name: حجّي محمود شمس Hajji Mahmud Shams) (1371–1433), was a Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who made the voyages collectively referred to as the travels of Eunuch Sanbao to the Western... Yi Sun-sin (April 18, 1545 — December 16, 1598), was a famous Korean naval leader. ... Admiral Togo at the age of 55, shortly before the Russo-Japanese War Fleet Admiral Count Tōgō Heihachirō (東郷 平八郎 Tōgō Heihachirō OM, January 27, 1848 - 30 May 1934) was a Japanese Admiral and one of Japans greatest naval heroes. ... Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Admiral David Glasgow Farragut David Glasgow Farragut (July 5, 1801 – August 14, 1870) was the senior officer of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. ... Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter, 1607–1676, Lieutenant-Admiral-General of the United Provinces by Ferdinand Bol, painted 1667. ... Royal Malaysian Navy ensign Image:Royal Malaysian Navy crest. ... Vasily Zavoyko Vasily Stepanovich Zavoyko (Russian: ; 1809-1898) was an admiral in the Russian navy. ...

Admirals in fiction

In science fiction, additional ranks such as Sector Admiral, High Admiral, and Branch Admiral are sometimes mentioned. None of these fictional ranks have ever been used, however, in a real navy. The rank of Fleet Admiral is also common in science fiction. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Sector Admiral is a ficticious military rank which has appeared in numerous science fiction sources both live action production and literature. ... Imperial High Admiral insignia High Admiral is a ficticious Imperial rank in the universe of Star Wars that is considered the highest possible rank of the Imperial Navy with the exception of the rank of Grand Admiral. ... The rank of Fleet Admiral is common in many science fiction sources as a senior military officer who commands a fleet of spaceships and the rank has been mentioned in numerous films, television productions, and science fiction literature sources. ...


Fictional characters

See also Category:Fictional admirals and Admiral (Star Trek).

Admiral is the second highest commissioned Starfleet rank in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Admiral Ackbar is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... William Bill Adama is a fictional character portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series. ... Admiral Helena Cain is a fictional character in the reimagined science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica, portrayed by Michelle Forbes. ... Battlestar Galactica. ... Rear Admiral Albert Jethro A.J. Chegwidden JAGC, USN, played by John M. Jackson, was the Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy until his retirement in May 2005 on the fictional television series JAG. Chegwidden succeeded Rear Admiral Al Brovo, USN (Kevin Dunn) in 1996 and his successor... Honor Stephanie Harrington is a fictional character, the eponymous heroine of a series of science fiction books set in the Honorverse, written by David Weber and published by Baen Books. ... now. ... Horatio Hornblower, 1st Viscount Hornblower,AKA Cpl Mitch Vallentine GCB (4 July 1776 - 12 January 1857) is a fictional character, an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, originally the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and... M - the title and code letter for James Bonds boss and fictional head of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6. ... Richard Basehart Admiral Harriman Nelson was a fictional US Naval officer first played by Walter Pidgeon in the 1961 Science Fiction movie, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and later played by Richard Basehart in the 1964-1968 TV series of the same name. ... In the 1993-1995 sci-fi animated television series Exosquad, Exofleet was the commonly used name for all battle spaceships built by the humans of the Homeworlds. ... Phaeton, leader of the Neosapiens Exosquad was a science fiction cartoon that ran on the USA network and Fox from September 1993 to May 1995. ... James Norrington is a fictional character in Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy. ... Pirates of the Caribbean is a multi-billion dollar Walt Disney franchise encompassing a theme park ride, a series of highly successful films and spinoff novels as well as numerous video games and other publications. ... The Vorkosigan Saga is a series of science fiction novels and short stories by Lois McMaster Bujold, most of which concern Miles Vorkosigan, a disabled aristocrat from the planet Barrayar who heads his own private mercenary fleet at the age of just seventeen. ...

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