Real World Definition Edit
Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. It is usually considered a full admiral (equivalent to full general) and above Vice Admiral and below Admiral of the Fleet/Fleet Admiral. It is usually abbreviated to "Adm." or "ADM". Where relevant, Admiral is a 4 star rank.
History and Origins Edit
The word Admiral in Middle English comes from Anglo-French amiral, "commander", from Medieval Latin admiralis, "emir", admirallus, "admiral", from Arabic amir-al- , "commander of the" (as in amir-al-bahr "commander of the sea"). Crusaders learned the term during their encounters with the Arabs, perhaps as early as the 11th century. The Sicilians and later Genoese took the first two parts of the term and used them as one word, amiral, from their Catalan opponents. The French and Spanish gave their sea commanders similar titles while in Portuguese the word changed to almirante. As the word was used by people speaking Latin or Latin-based languages it gained the "d" and endured a series of different endings and spellings leading to the English spelling "admyrall" in the 14th century and to "admiral" by the 16th century.
The word Admiral has today come to be almost exclusively associated with the highest naval rank in most of the world's navies, equivalent to the Army rank of (Full) General. However, this wasn't always the case; for example, in some European countries prior to the end of World War II, Admiral was the third highest naval rank behind General Admiral and Grand Admiral.
The rank of Admiral has also been subdivided into various grades, several of which are historically extinct while others are used by most present day navies. The Royal Navy used colours (red, white, and blue, in descending order) to indicate the seniority of its admirals until 1864; for example, Horatio Nelson's highest rank was Vice Admiral of the White. The generic term for these naval equivalents of army generals is Flag Officer. Some navies have also used army-type titles for them, such as the Cromwellian General at Sea.
Definition in the Star Trek Universe Edit
The second most senior flag rank known to exist in Starfleet. Several of Starfleet's leading officers carry this rank.
Use of the rank in Star Trek: Second Fleet Online Edit
The rank of Admiral in Star Trek: Second Fleet Online would be used when a full fleet has been established (when the RPG has between 800 and 1,000 active members). They would oversee all of the operations in ST: SFO as well as has administrative capabilities on the ST: SFO Forums and other sites. They are responsible for appointing the promotions of the flag officers.
Currently there are no Admirals in Star Trek: Second Fleet Online. This rank is offered in the Command Division only.
Rank Insignia History Edit