What Is the Highest Rank in the U.S. Navy?

What Is the Highest Rank in the U.S. Navy?

The highest rank normally achieved in the U.S. Navy is admiral. Admiral is a four-star flag officer ranking and is typically only used in times of war. Admiral is considered the equivalent of a general in other branches of the armed forces.

In addition to admiral, the U.S. Navy has a five-star officer position called fleet admiral, but it is a dormant position, as of 2015. It is reactivated by the president in times of war or if an event occurs where a five-star officer is necessary. The last time an individual was appointed to fleet admiral was when William F. Halsey Jr. became fleet admiral in 1945.