vice admiral

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vice admiral (plural vice admirals)

  1. (nautical) A person holding a naval rank between rear admiral and admiral.
  2. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) A flag officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, or Public Health Service Commissioned Corps having a grade superior to rear admiral (upper half) and junior to admiral. A vice admiral is equal in grade or rank to a lieutenant general, which is indicated by a 3-star insignia.