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Vice admiral (also known as three star admiral) is a rank of flag officer in naval services and space forces, most notably Earth Starfleet and its Federation counterpart. Vice admiral is the midlevel flag officer rank, a grade higher than a rear admiral and a grade below four star admiral and other admiral grades in most rank structures. This rank is roughly equivalent with the authority of a lieutenant general of military forces. (ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia)

In military parlance, is it acceptable and normal to refer to a vice admiral simply as "admiral" in most forms of address.

In the Starfleet uniform insignia introduced in the mid-24th century, a vice admiral wore a triangular rank braid with two pips underneath as their service uniform rank insignia. (TNG episode: "Conspiracy")

The correlation between this third admiral rank and the uniform insignia worn in TNG season 1 is because other admirals were shown wearing lower rank insignia, and the single braid insignia was the most basic one shown.

In a redesign of the admiral's service uniforms of 2365 and 2366, a new insignia of three gold pips enclosed in a rectangular gold border was worn by vice admirals, showing the origin of the "three star" name. This insignia continued into later uniform designs of the 2370s. (ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia; TNG episode: "The Measure of a Man")

Vice admiral insigniaEdit

Starfleet vice admiral insignia
era general wear command division operations division sciences division
command tactical/military flight-engineering
(admin, pilot, engineer)
security special services sci-ops
(ops, sci & tac ops)
medical
Earth Starfleet ranks
Earth vadm
Federation Starfleet ranks (2160s)
(insignia for all flag grades)
Sec adm 2160s Cmd amd 2160s Eng-ops adm 2160s Sci adm 2160s
Federation Starfleet ranks (2250s)
(insignia for all flag grades)
Gray flag sleeve 2250s conn admiral sleeve 2250s cmd green adm sleeve 2250s red ops adm sleeve 2250s ops admiral sleeve 2250s sci admiral sleeve
Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) 2260s vadm Yel Vce Adm 2266 2260s cmd green vadm Red Vce Adm 2266 2260s cmd beige vadm Blu Vce Adm 2266
Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s)
(epaulet insignia for all admiral grades)
2270s cmd vadm sleeve 2270s cmd radm 2270s helm radm 2270s eng radm 2270s sec radm 2270s sci radm 2270s med radm
Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s) 2270s-2350 vadm sleeve 2270s-2350 cmd vadm 2270s-2350 mil vadm 2270s-2350 flight vadm 2270s-2350 sec vadm 2270s-2350 sup vadm 2270s-2350 service vadm 2270s-2350 med vadm
Federation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2366) 2350s-2360s vadm 2350s-2360s vadm ops s1 2350s-2360s vadm sci s1
Federation Starfleet ranks (2366-2373) Vce Adm 2364
Federation Starfleet ranks (2373-2386) Red Vce Adm 2373 Yel Vce Adm 2373 Blu Vce Adm 2373
Federation Starfleet ranks (2386-2400s) Red VADM 2400s Yel VADM 2400s Blu VADM 2400s

Alternate vice admiral insigniaEdit

Starfleet alternate vice admiral insignia
era command division operations division sciences division
Federation Starfleet ranks (2250s) alt 2250s alt adm
Federation Starfleet ranks (2386-2410) alt Alt future cmd vadm Alt future ops vadm Alt future sci vadm

Positions and listsEdit

United States NavyEdit

Earth StarfleetEdit

Federation StarfleetEdit

AppendicesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Enlisted ranks Commissioned ranks Flag ranks
Earth SF CREW PO2

PO1

CPO

SCPO


MCPO

ENS LT CMDR CAPT

FCAPT


VICE CDORE

CDORE RADM/2ADM VADM/3ADM 4ADM FADM/5ADM

GADM

Starfleet & SFMC ENS JG

ENS


ENS 1C

LT JG LT LT CMDR CDR CDORE

1ADM

PVT CPL SGT

MASTER SGT

SUBLT

2ND LT

1ST LT CAPT MAJOR LT COL COL BRIG GEN

BackgroundEdit

US o-9 rank pin

US insignia.

The United States rank scheme that Starfleet was adapted from is also the origination of the insignia, background information, and alternate name for this rank. In the United States armed forces, vice admirals of the US Navy wear a pin insignia of three stars on their uniforms and hold an officer grade equivalent to a lieutenant general of other services.

In ST video game: Conquest, vice admiral is used for Starfleet commanders who have completed their rear admiral experience points in Federation gameplay, with the graphic reflecting the "three-star" rank insignia dating back to the US military forces and the Earth Starfleet. The game proceeds these characters to admiral after their vice admiral experience points are complete.

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