Admiral (Canada)

The rank of admiral in Canada is typically held by only one officer whose position is Chief of the Defence Staff and the senior uniformed officer of the Canadian Forces. It is equivalent to the army and air force rank of general.

The last naval officer to hold this position was Vice-Admiral Larry Murray, who held it on a temporary basis. The last naval officer to hold the rank of admiral and the position of Chief of the Defence Staff was Admiral John Rogers Anderson. Prince Philip holds the rank in an honorary capacity.

On May 5, 2010, the Canadian naval uniform dark dress tunic was adjusted, removing exterior epaulettes and 'reverting' to the sleeve-ring and "executive curl" rank insignia used by a majority of navies throughout the world. This means that a Canadian admiral's dress tunic no longer bears a single broad stripe on the sleeve, with epaulettes on the shoulders, as was the case since unification (1968), but has a broad stripe plus three sleeve rings, without any epaulettes on the exterior of the tunic (cloth rank slip-ons are still worn on the uniform shirt underneath the tunic).


Tunic rank insignia (2010-)

Navy slip-on Adm

Uniform shirts

Canadian Admiral Shoulder Board

Short-sleeve white shirt and tropical white dress tunic

Navy olive Adm

CADPAT uniform


Dress uniform tunic between 1986 and 2010

Service branchRoyal Canadian Navy
AbbreviationADM or Adm.
RankFour-maple leaf (four-star)
NATO rankOF-9
Non-NATO rankO-10
Next higher rankGovernor General of Canada (highest)
Next lower rankVice-admiral
Equivalent ranksGeneral
(Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force)

See also

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Canadian Forces ranks and insignia

Vice admiral

Vice admiral is a senior naval flag officer rank, equivalent to lieutenant general and air marshal. A vice admiral is typically senior to a rear admiral and junior to an admiral. In many navies, vice admiral is a three-star rank with a NATO code of OF-8, although in some navies like the French Navy it is an OF-7 rank, the OF-8 code corresponding to the four-star rank of squadron vice-admiral.

NATO rank code Student Officer OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6
Royal Canadian Navy NCdt A/SLt SLt Lt(N) LCdr Cdr Capt(N) Cmdre RAdm VAdm Adm
Not used
Canadian Army OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj LCol Col BGen MGen LGen Gen Not used
Royal Canadian Air Force OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj LCol Col BGen MGen LGen Gen Not used


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