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Fleet Admiral (U.S.)

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A Fleet Admiral in the United States Navy is an Admiral considered the equivalent of the United States Army's General of the Army. The United States rank of Fleet Admiral was created in 1944 and was held during and after the Second World War by the following officers:

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      •   William D. Leahy,   15 December 1944,
      •   Ernest J. King,   17 December 1944,
      •   Chester W. Nimitz,   19 December 1944,
      •   William F. Halsey,   11 December 1945.
Note the careful timing of the first three appointments. The dates of rank for the corresponding five-star generals are 16, 18, 20, and 21 December 1944, to establish both a clear order of seniority and a near-equivalence between the services.

The insignia for Fleet Admiral comprises five stars in a pentagon design with a thick rank strip, below four smaller stripes, on the service dress blue uniform.

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.

U.S. Naval tradition holds that the rank Admiral of the Navy is considered senior to that of Fleet Admiral. The only person to ever hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy was George Dewey.

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