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Vice-Admiral

Common Anglophone military ranks
Navies Armies Air forces
Officers
Admiral of the fleet Marshal /
field marshal
Marshal of
the air force
Admiral General Air chief marshal
Vice admiral Lieutenant general Air marshal
Rear admiral Major general Air vice-marshal
Commodore Brigadier Air commodore
Captain Colonel Group captain
Commander Lieutenant colonel Wing commander
Lieutenant
commander
Major /
commandant
Squadron
leader
Lieutenant Captain Flight lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant Lieutenant Flying officer
Ensign 2nd lieutenant Pilot officer
Midshipman Officer cadet Officer cadet
Seamen, soldiers and airmen
Warrant officer Sergeant major /
warrant officer
Warrant officer
Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading seaman Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private Aircraftman
Hierarchy of naval officer ranks
Flag officers:
Admiral of the navy

Admiral of the fleetFleet admiral
General admiralGrand admiralAdmiral
Squadron admiralFlotilla admiral
Vice admiralLieutenant admiral
Rear admiralCounter admiral
Commodore admiralSchout-bij-nacht
Port admiral

Senior officers:

CommodoreFleet captain
Post captainCaptain
Captain of sea and warShip-of-the-line captain
Captain at seaCorvette captain
Frigate captainCommander

Junior officers:

Lieutenant commanderCaptain lieutenant
Flag lieutenantLieutenant
Ship-of-the-line lieutenantCorvette lieutenant
Frigate lieutenantLieutenant (junior grade)
Sub-lieutenantEnsign

Training officers:

Passed midshipmanMidshipman
Naval cadet

Vice admiral is a senior naval flag officer rank, equivalent to lieutenant general and air marshal. A vice admiral is typically senior to a rear admiral and junior to an admiral. In many navies,[1] vice admiral is a three-star rank with a NATO Code of OF-8, although in some navies like the French Navy it is an OF-7 rank, the OF-8 code corresponding to the four-star rank of squadron vice-admiral.

Rank Insignia

The rank insignia for a vice admiral usually involves three stars, but this is not always the case. In the navy of Iraq, vice admiral insignia involves one star.[2] In the navies of Azerbaijan,[3] Bangladesh,[4] China,[5] Cuba,[6] Iran,[7] Mexico,[8] North Korea,[9] and Russia, vice admiral insignia involves two stars, and in the navy of Turkey, vice admiral insignia involves four stars.[10]

Gallery

Australia

In the Royal Australian Navy, the rank of vice admiral is held by the Chief of Navy and, when the positions are held by navy officers, by the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, the Chief of Joint Operations, and/or the Chief of Capability Development Group.

Vice admiral is the equivalent of air marshal in the Royal Australian Air Force and lieutenant general in the Australian Army.

Canada

In the Royal Canadian Navy, the rank of vice-admiral (VAdm) (vice-amiral or Vam in French) is equivalent to lieutenant-general of the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force. A vice-admiral is a flag officer, the naval equivalent of a general officer. A vice-admiral is senior to a rear-admiral and major general, and junior to an admiral and general.

The rank insignia of a Canadian vice-admiral is as follows:

  • On winter black mess dress jacket and winter black service dress tunic: the cuff insignia is one wide gold braid below two standard size gold braids, the superior one includes the executive curl.
  • On tropical white mess dress and tropical white service dress tunic: three gold maple leaves, beneath crossed sword and baton, all surmounted by a St. Edward's Crown located on gold shoulder boards.

Two rows of gold oak leaves are located on the black visor of the white service cap. From 1968 to June 2010, the winter service dress tunic featured only a wide gold braid around the cuff with three gold maple leaves, beneath crossed sword and baton, all surmounted by a St. Edward's Crown located on cloth shoulder straps.

Vice-admirals are addressed by rank and name; thereafter by subordinates as "Sir" or "Ma'am". Vice-admirals are normally entitled to a staff car; the car will normally bear a flag, dark blue with three gold maple leaves arranged one over two.

A vice-admiral generally holds only the most senior command or administrative appointments, barring only Chief of Defence Staff, which is held by a full admiral or general. Appointments held by vice-admirals may include:

  • Vice-Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS);
  • Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (DCDS);
  • Commander of an operational command (such as Canadian Joint Operations Command);
  • Chief of the Maritime Staff (CMS);
  • Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Defence in various capacities;
  • commander of, or representative to, a multinational force, alliance, or treaty organization.

Charles, Prince of Wales holds the honorary rank of vice admiral in the Royal Canadian Navy.[11]

France

In France, vice-amiral is the most senior of the ranks in the French Navy; higher ranks, vice-amiral d'escadre and amiral, are permanent functions, style and position (in French rang et appellation) given to a vice-amiral-ranking officer. The vice-amiral rank used to be an OF-8 rank in NATO charts, but nowadays, it is more an OF-7 rank.

The rank of vice-amiral d'escadre (literally, "squadron vice-admiral", with more precision, "fleet vice-admiral") equals a NATO OF-8 rank.

In the ancien régime Navy, between 1669 and 1791. The office of "Vice-Admiral of France" (Vice-amiral de France) was the highest rank, the supreme office of "Admiral of France" being purely ceremonial.

Distincts offices were :

  • 1669-1791 Vice-admiral of the West (Atlantic Ocean).
  • 1669-1791 Vice-admiral of the East (Mediterranean Sea).
  • 1778-1791 Vice-admiral of the Asian and American Seas (American shores).
  • 1784-1788 Vice-admiral of the Indian Seas (Indian Ocean).

India

In India, vice admiral is a three star admiral.

Italy

In Italy, the equivalent to vice admiral is the ammiraglio di squadra.

Philippines

In Philippines, the rank vice admiral is the highest-ranking official of the Philippine Navy. He is recognized as the flag officer in-charge of the Navy. The rank vice-admiral in the Philippines, has the same ranking in the U.S Navy.

United Kingdom

In the Royal Navy the rank of vice-admiral should be distinguished from the office of "Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom", which is an Admiralty position usually held by a retired "full" admiral, and that of "Vice-Admiral of the Coast", a now obsolete office dealing with naval administration in each of the maritime counties.

History

United States

Vietnam

In Vietnam, the equivalent to vice admiral is the phó đô đốc.

Notes

See also

ja:海軍中将
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