- Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral is a naval rank equivalent to
Lieutenant Generalin seniority. A Vice Admiral is typically senior to a Rear Admiraland junior to an Admiral. In most navies,Vice Admiral is a 3 star rankin NATO, Commonwealth and, since 2001, the Royal Navy (Refer UK DCI (Joint Service) 125/2001)] Vice Admiral is a 3 star rank.
Royal Australian Navy, the rank of Vice Admiral is held by the Chief of Navy (currently VADM Russell Crane) 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 the Capability Development Executive (currently VADM Matt Tripovich).
Vice Admiral is the equivalent of Air Marshal in the
Royal Australian Air Forceand Lieutenant General in the Australian Army.
Canadian Navy, the rank of Vice-Admiral (VAdm) ("Vice-amiral" or "Vam" in French) is equal to a Lieutenant General of the Canadian Armyor 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-Admiralor Major General, and junior to an Admiralor General.
The rank insignia for a Vice-Admiral is three gold maple leaves, beneath crossed sword and baton, all surmounted by St. Edward's Crown, worn on the shoulder straps of the Service Dress tunic, and on slip-ons on other uniforms. The Service Dress tunic also features a wide strip of
gold braidaround the cuff. On the visor of the service cap are two rows of gold oak leaves.
Vice-Admirals are addressed by rank and name; thereafter by subordinates as "Sir" or "Ma'am". Vice-Admirals are normally entitled to
staff cars; 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
Admiralor 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 Canada Command); Chief of the Maritime Staff (CMS); Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Defence in various capacities; or commander of or representative to a multinational force, alliance, or treaty organization. Positions currently (as of August 30, 2006) held by Vice-Admirals are:
* Chief of the Maritime Staff (CMS): Vice-Admiral
Drew W. Robertson, OMM, MSC, CD [http://www.dnd.ca/dsa/app_bio/engraph/FSeniorOfficerBiographyView_e.asp?SectChoice=1&mAction=View&mBiographyID=215]
* Chief Military Personnel: Vice-Admiral
Gregory E. Jarvis, CMM, CD [http://www.dnd.ca/dsa/app_bio/engraph/FSeniorOfficerBiographyView_e.asp?SectChoice=1&mAction=View&mBiographyID=55]
* Canadian Military Representative to the Military Committee at NATO Headquarters: Vice-Admiral
Glenn V. Davidson, CMM, CD [http://www.dnd.ca/dsa/app_bio/engraph/FSeniorOfficerBiographyView_e.asp?SectChoice=1&mAction=View&mBiographyID=246]
* Vice Chief of Defence Staff: Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau, OMM, CD
* Commander of Canada Command: Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, CMM, CD (appointed June 2008)
Canadian Forces ranks and insignia
France, "vice-amiral" is the most senior of the ranks in the French Navy; higher ranks, "vice-amiral d'escadre" and "amiral", are permanents function, 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.
Italy, the equivalent to Vice Admiral is the "Ammiraglio di Squadra".
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.
Royal Navythe rank of Vice-Admiral should be distinguished from the office of " Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom", which is an Admiraltyposition 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.
United States Armed Forces & Uniformed Services
* Comparative Military Ranks
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