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Rear admiral

Posted by ESC on September 21, 2000

In Reply to: Rear admiral posted by Carl Goddard on September 21, 2000

: : Why "rear"?

: Search in the traditions of the Royal Navy

I asked a Navy guy. He didn't know the origin, just that there are three grades of admirals: Rear admiral, vice admiral and full admiral. Rear admiral is the lowest of the three.