Admiral (Royal Navy)

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Admiral was for all intents and purposes the highest rank one could aspire to in the Royal Navy and still have a sea-going career. Senior to Vice-Admiral but junior to Admiral of the Fleet, Admirals tended to be given command of ocean-going fleets and the home port commands.


Flag Officers promoted to the Flag Rank before 8 December, 1903, were compulsorily retired seven years after their flag was hauled down, or if they had not hoisted their flag since their Service as Captain ceased.[1]

Admirals promoted to Flag Rank after 8 December, 1903, and prior to 1 April, 1914, were compulsorily retired five years after their last Service as a Flag Officer.[2]

Those Admirals promoted after 1 April, 1914, were to be compulsorily retired three years after their last Service as a Flag Officer, after they had served one year in the rank of Admiral, and provided it didn't conflict with the other regulations.[3]

See Also


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 815.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.