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An Admiral of the Fleet or Fleet Admiral, is a military naval officer of the highest rank. In the United States, the rank of Fleet Admiral was typically reserved for war time use, with the last promotions to position coming during World War III. It is a rank above Admiral, and is often held by the most senior Admirals of an entire naval service. It is also a generic term for a senior Admiral in command of a large group of ships, comprising a fleet or, in some cases, a group of fleets. If actually a rank (equivalent to a marine Field Marshal, which ranks above General), its name can vary, depending on personal preferences, including Fleet Admiral, Admiral of the Fleet, Admiral of the Navy, and Grand Admiral. (In some navies, however, such as the German Kriegsmarine during World War II, "Admiral of the Navy" has been considered an even higher rank than Admiral of the Fleet or its equivalent.) It ranks above Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral and full Admiral, and is usually given to a senior Admiral commanding multiple fleets as opposed to just one fleet.
The title Admiral of the Fleet can trace its origins to the Middle Ages, where the title was typically granted to a nobleman who was appointed by a monarch to raise and command a navy for a specific campaign.
It has the rank code of A-5. The insignia consists of five full gold pips on a rectangular plate.
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