Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy (FADM) is a five-star flag officer and is the highest possible rank in the United States Navy. An officer of 5 star rank is a very senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-10. Fleet Admiral ranks immediately above an admiral and is equivalent to a General of the Army and a General of the Air Force; there is no established equivalent five-star rank in the other four uniformed services. Please see " Admiral " for other nations which use this rank In the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the General of the Army (GA is a five-star General officer and is the highest possible rank in the United States Army. General of the Air Force (GOAF is a five-star General officer rank and is the highest possible rank in the United States Air Force. The United States has seven federal uniformed services that commission officers as defined by Title 10, and subsequently structured and organized The Fleet Admiral rank is reserved for war-time use only and the grade is not currently in use by the Navy.
The United States rank of Fleet Admiral was created on a temporary basis under Pub.L. 78-482 on December 14, 1944  and made permanent by Pub.L. 79-333 on March 23, 1946,  and was held during and after World War II by the following officers:
|•||William D. Leahy||December 15, 1944,|
|•||Ernest King||December 17, 1944,|
|•||Chester W. Nimitz||December 19, 1944,|
|•||William Halsey||December 11, 1945. An Admiral of the Fleet or Fleet Admiral is a military Naval officer of the highest rank Public law is a theory of law governing the relationship between Individuals ( Citizens companies) and the State. Events 1287 - St Lucia's flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses killing over 50000 people Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Public law is a theory of law governing the relationship between Individuals ( Citizens companies) and the State. Events 1174 - Jocelin, Abbot of Melrose, is elected Bishop of Glasgow. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Fleet Admiral William Daniel Leahy ( May 6, 1875 &ndash July 20, 1959) was an American naval officer Governor of Events 533 - Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King GCB ( November 23, 1878 &ndash June 25, 1956) was Commander in Chief United States Events 546 - Gothic War (535–554: The Ostrogoths of King Totila Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, USN, GCB ( February 24, 1885 &ndash February 20, 1966) held the dual command Events 324 - Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor. Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr, GBE, USN, ( October 30, 1882 &ndash August 16, 1959) (called "Bill Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office Year 1945 ( MCMXLV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar |
The insignia for Fleet Admiral comprises five stars in a pentagon design with a thick rank stripe, below four smaller stripes, on the service dress blue uniform.
A close contender for the rank of Fleet Admiral was Raymond A. Spruance; however, U.S. Representative Carl Vinson, a strong supporter of William F. Halsey, was reported to have on several occasions blocked the final promotion of Spruance to Fleet Admiral. Raymond Ames Spruance ( July 03, 1886 - December 13, 1969) was a United States Navy Admiral in World War II. The United States House of Representatives is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. Carl Vinson ( November 18, 1883 – June 1, 1981) was a United States Representative from Georgia. Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr, GBE, USN, ( October 30, 1882 &ndash August 16, 1959) (called "Bill
Since the close of the Second World War, there have been no additional Fleet Admirals appointed in the United States Navy. However, the rank still remains listed on official U. S. rank insignia precedence charts and could be reestablished at the discretion of the United States Congress. The United States Congress is the bicameral Legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of two houses Some Navy documents, especially those teaching new sailors the rank structure, have stated that the rank officially expired upon the death of Fleet Admiral Nimitz in 1966. Its reenactment will require another act of Congress.
U. S. Naval tradition holds that the rank Admiral of the Navy is considered senior to that of Fleet Admiral. See " Admiral of the Navy " for other uses of this rank Admiral of the Navy is a rank that has only been held once in U The only person to ever hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy was George Dewey. George Dewey ( December 26, 1837 &ndash January 16, 1917) was an Admiral of the United States Navy, best known for his Dewey was awarded the rank after his service in the Spanish-American War. A successor rank to Admiral of Navy, to be known as Flag Admiral, was briefly discussed (but never approved) in 1945 as a rank senior to Fleet Admiral. Flag Admiral was a proposed rank of the United States Navy during the last year of World War II.
All five star officers are, technically, unable to retire from active duty. This is more of a convention of honor than a practical matter, as five star officers continue to be paid full salary for life, unless (as Dwight D. Eisenhower did upon his election to the Presidency) they formally resign their commission. Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14 1890 – March 28 1969 was President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 and a five-star general President Eisenhower's commission was retroactively reinstated back to 1944 by an Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy after President Eisenhower left office. John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29 1917&ndashNovember 22 1963 often referred to by his initials JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of