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This article is about the German Marine “Vizeadmiral” OF-8. For the equivalent US naval rank and Royal Navy grade, see Vice admiral.
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shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German officer rank
Rank group Commissioned officers
Navy Vizeadmiral
Army / Air Force Generalleutnant
Army Lieutenant general
Navy Vice admiral

Vizeadmiral, short VAdm in lists VADM, (en: Vice admiral) is a senior naval flag officer rank in the German Navy. It is equivalent to Generalleutnant in the Heer and Luftwaffe or to Admiraloberstabsarzt and/or Generaloberstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

In the German Navy Vizeadmiral is, as in many navies, a three-star rank with a NATO code of OF-8. However, in other German speaking naval forces, e.g. Kaiserliche Marin, Kriegsmarine, Volksmarine, and the Austor-Hungarian K.u.K. Kriegsmarine, Vizeadmiral was an OF-7 two-star flag officer rank.


The official manner of formal addressing of military people with the rank Vizeadmiral (OF-8) is "Herr/Frau Vizeadmiral". However, as to German naval traditions the “Vizeadmiral“ will be addressed "Herr/Frau Admiral".

Rank insignia and rating[edit]

Its rank insignia, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, are one five-pointed star above a big gold stripe and two normal once (without the star when rank loops are worn). It is grade B8 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence.

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German Navy officer rank
junior rank


senior rank

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group is as follows:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The abbreviation "OF" stands for de: "Offizier / en: officer / fr: officier / ru: офицер"