admiral of the fleet

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admiral of the fleet (plural admirals of the fleet)

  1. The highest grade of flag officer in the United States Navy, ranking above a four-star admiral and junior only to the Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of Defense, and the President of the United States. An admiral of the fleet is equal in grade or rank to a general of the army.
  2. A naval officer of equivalent grade or rank in the naval forces of other nations.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The United States Navy currently does not have any admirals of the fleet. The last officer appointed to admiral of the fleet was William F. Halsey on December 11, 1945. The last person to hold the grade was Chester W. Nimitz, who died on February 20, 1966.