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Commissioned and Non-commissioned officers
Admiral of
the fleet
Field marshal or
General of the Army
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 or
Brigadier general
Air commodore
Captain Colonel Group captain
Commander Lieutenant colonel Wing commander
Major or
Squadron leader
Lieutenant Captain Flight lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant Lieutenant or
First lieutenant
Flying officer
Ensign Second lieutenant Pilot officer
Midshipman Officer cadet Flight cadet
Enlisted grades
Warrant officer or
Chief petty officer
Warrant officer or
Sergeant major
Warrant officer
Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading seaman Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private or

Admiralissimo is an informal title for a chief naval officer,[1] usually implying supreme naval command. It does not correspond to any particular rank, probably derives from Italian, and is a naval equivalent of generalissimo.

List of senior naval officers referred to as admiralissimo[edit]


  1. ^ Charles à Court Repington (1 March 2001). The First World War: Personal Experiences. Simon Publications LLC. p. 317. ISBN 978-1-931313-72-8. 
  2. ^ Edward Hamilton Currey (1928). Sea Wolves of the Mediterranean. Library of Alexandria. ISBN 978-1-4655-3746-1. 
  3. ^ Robert K. Massie (1 September 2013). Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea. Head of Zeus. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-78185-669-7. 
  4. ^ Dr Robert L Davison (28 July 2013). The Challenges of Command: The Royal Navy's Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4094-8241-3. 
  5. ^ CHAP 378, "An act creating the office of Admiral of the Navy", United States Congress