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.

Permitted Retinue

In 1888, a Royal Navy Admiral was allotted the Secretary, Flag Lieutenant and Coxswain afforded all flag officers, Commodores First Class and Captains of the Fleet, as well as ten domestics – two fewer than an Admiral of the Fleet enjoyed, and three more than were granted a Vice-Admiral.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

See Also


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 190.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 815.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.