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The rank of grand admiral was a grade of admiral that outranked a fleet admiral. The rank of grand admiral was carried in the 23rd century by the commander-in-chief of Starfleet.

In 2285, Admiral James T. Kirk met with Grand Admiral Stephen Turner regarding command of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701).

The uniform of a Starfleet grand admiral was markedly different than other Starfleet officers. The maroon officer's tunic had two shoulder tabs ornamented with rank insignia and both wrist cuffs had a unique braid on them. Optional uniform accessories included an undershirt with ornamented collar, a white sash, and award ribbons that were worn above the brass Starfleet insignia. (TOS comic: "The Wormhole Connection")

The Tholian Loskene possessed this rank or at the very least had an equivalent of it. [citation needed]

Kepel zantai-Venonn and his successors used the title Grand Admiral as their title as rulers of the Imperial Klingon States. [citation needed]

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This rank was originally created for Star Trek use by William Rotsler in his book Star Trek II Biographies as a means of having someone who outranked an admiral. Mike W. Barr used it (and the character of Stephen Turner) in the first several issues of the first comic book series published by DC Comics.

Admiral of the Navy

The United States rank scheme that Starfleet was adapted from lacks a "grand admiral" rank, although there were European naval services that used this rank on Earth at various times, most notably Germany, where it was approximately equivalent to fleet admiral. The closest thing the United States armed forces had to this high rank was a one-off Admiral of the Navy grade which was used to give historic naval officers retroactive superiority. While a conjectural insignia for this rank might be an additional sixth star added to the five-star fleet admiral rank, the only actual insignia ever used was created for George Dewey, with four silver stars framed by two gold anchors as pin insignia, and two wide admiral's sleeve bands around a thinner officer's rank stripe in the center.

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Grand admiral is a military rank held by a senior flag officer in a naval organization.

During the 23rd century, Starfleet and its mirror universe counterpart utilised the rank. (TOS: novel: The Sorrows of Empire; TOS comic: The Mirror Universe Saga)

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Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine show Grand Admirals Takel and Thrawn the plans to the second Death Star.

Grand Admiral was one of the highest ranks in the Galactic Empire (besides Emperor, Executor, and Grand Vizier), outranking all other political and military personnel, including Moffs.

Thrawn was perhaps the most capable officer to reach this exalted rank.



Grand Admirals were appointed by Emperor Palpatine and answered directly to the Emperor, or his authorized executors, in all matters. The creation of the rank of Grand Admiral two years before the Battle of Yavin was widely recognized as a means to increase the Emperor's direct control of the Imperial Military. However, although all exceptionally gifted officers, the Grand Admirals were not just front-line commanders; rather, they included several technical specialists and theoreticians, enabling them to serve as a leadership cadre for the whole military—and indeed the whole Empire.

At least one Grand Admiral was given the position of warlord upon achieving the rank; the same was possibly true for the rest of the Grand Admirals as well.

Imperial Grand Admiral breast insignia.

During the height of the reign of the Empire, there were twelve Grand Admirals in service, called the Circle of Twelve by Palpatine. At the time of the Battle of Endor, marked by many as the beginning of the fall of the Galactic Empire, the group included Martio Batch, Nial Declann, Grant, Josef Grunger, Ishin-Il-Raz, Afsheen Makati, Danetta Pitta, Peccati Syn, Miltin Takel, Osvald Teshik, Rufaan Tigellinus, and the Chiss Mitth'raw'nuruodo (better known by his core name, Thrawn). Thrawn had been officially promoted a few months before the battle as a replacement for Demetrius Zaarin, who had attempted a coup against the Emperor, although it appears that the Chiss had, in fact, been promoted in secret at an earlier stage.

The Grand Admirals were visually distinguished from other officers in the Imperial armed forces by their gleaming white uniform, sometimes worn with bullion epaulettes and rank insignia, sometimes without any badge of rank. It is unclear whether the Imperial Army or stormtrooper rank of Grand General was equivalent with the rank of Grand Admiral, but Ysanne Isard, as Director of Imperial Intelligence, wore a red version of the Grand Admiral's uniform, and her power and position in the Imperial hierarchy could be considered analogous.

Alternate Grand Admiral breast insignia.

The Rebel Alliance accounted for all of the Grand Admirals, save Thrawn, in the first years after Endor. Ten were killed or executed, and only Grand Admiral Grant was allowed to go quietly into retirement following his defection. Palpatine's Dark Empire appeared to have revived the rank before Thrawn's assassination, with meetings between the new circle of Grand Admirals taking place aboard the uncompleted Eclipse in drydock over Byss. Palpatine's own death seemed to have marked the extinction of the college.

However, the prestige of the rank meant that a number of warlords like Zsinj and Admiral Larm, adopted some of the trappings of Grand Admiral's rank. After the signing of the Bastion Accords, the Council of Moffs revived this esteemed rank for Gilad Pellaeon, already Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet and head-of-state of the Imperial Remnant. As of the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, Pellaeon and the long-retired Grant were the only living Grand Admirals, although rumors persist that Pellaeon's mentor, Thrawn, somehow cheated death and remained active in the Unknown Regions.

The rank appeared to have become synonymous with Supreme Commander as commander-in-chief of the Imperial military possibly as early as 28 ABY. Evidence exists of Pellaeon referring to himself by a longer form of the rank: "Grand Admiral of the Imperial Navy".[1] Coupled with Moff Kurlen Flennic's threat to "appoint another Grand Admiral" in Pellaeon's place rather than appoint another Supreme Commander seems to indicate that the rank of Grand Admiral was increasingly becoming something of an honorific title of posting than a rank of military promotion.[2] Indeed, by the Sith-Imperial War, the Fel Empire's form of the rank, held by Grand Moff Morlish Veed and also by Rulf Yage following the Massacre of Ossus, seems to have followed this trend. In Krayt's Empire the Grand Admiral was Joint-Supreme Commander alongside the Fist of the One Sith.

Most references showed the insignia for a Grand Admiral as six blue squares with three yellow and three red; an alternate version of the rank badge seen in some images displayed seven blue and red squares, with two code cylinders.

Grand Admirals

Galactic Empire

Thrawn, the thirteenth Grand Admiral.

Self-promoted warlords

Imperial Remnant

Fel Empire/Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire

Behind the scenes

The rank of Grand Admiral was most likely influenced by the German rank of Grand Admiral. Unlike in the Galactic Empire, however, these were not political appointments, but rather part of the regular military, and possessed no powers beyond those provided by their place at the top of the military hierarchy.

Another uncanny parallel to Germany appears in the number of Grand Admirals the Emperor appointed and the appointment of exactly twelve Field Marshals on July 19, 1940 by Adolf Hitler following the successful conclusion of the Third Reich's campaign in France.


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Notes and references

  1. Force Heretic I: Remnant, page 394
  2. Force Heretic I: Remnant, page 397
  3. Sait’s Rebellion on the official Star Wars Galaxies website
  4. Legacy Era Campaign Guide
Grand Admirals of the Galactic Empire
Martio Batch · Nial Declann · Octavian Grant · Josef Grunger · Ishin-Il-Raz
Afsheen Makati · Mitth'raw'nuruodo · Danetta Pitta · Peccati Syn
Miltin Takel · Osvald Teshik · Rufaan Tigellinus · Demetrius Zaarin

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