What is an Admiralissimo?


Admiralissimo is an informal title for a chief naval officer, usually implying supreme naval command.

It does not correspond to any particular rank and is a naval equivalent of generalissimo.

Brief History

The history of this title is unknown but it may have an Italian origin like its army equivalent, generalissimo.

List of Senior Naval Officers Referred to as Admiralissimo

  • Hayreddin Barbarossa – 15th/16th century Turkish admiral.
  • Albrecht von Wallenstein – admiral of the Baltic Sea.
  • John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe – British admiral of the fleet.
  • Lord Charles Beresford – British 19th/20th century admiral.
  • Augustin Boué de Lapeyrère – Commander-in-Chief of France’s Mediterranean forces.
  • George Dewey – American Admiral of the Navy.

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