Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union

An Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union (Russian: Адмирал Флота Cоветского Cоюза, romanizedAdmiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza) was the highest naval rank of the Soviet Union. It was comparable to NATO five-star rank (OF-10 level).

Admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union
(Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza)
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Uniform shoulder strap (1955–1990)
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Country  Soviet Union
Service branch  Soviet Navy
Rank General officer
NATO rank code OF-10
Formation March 1955
Abolished 1991
Next higher rank None
Next lower rank Admiral of the fleet
Equivalent ranks Marshal of the Soviet Union


The rank was largely honorary and could be considered equivalent to admiral of the fleet in other nations. It was formally established by the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union on March 3, 1955, and replaced a similarly named rank, admiral of the fleet (aдмирал флота) that had been equivalent to marshal of the Soviet Union since 1945. The holders were entitled to a marshal's star.

Upon its creation, the only two admirals of the fleet, Nikolai Kuznetsov and Ivan Isakov, were "promoted" to this rank. Less than a year later Kuznetsov was demoted to vice admiral for political reasons in 1956 and Isakov remained the only admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union until his death in 1967. Then, in October 1967, Fleet Admiral Sergei Gorshkov became the third and final admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union. Gorshkov died in 1988 and no further appointments were made before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the elimination of the rank.

From 1962 onwards, it was one grade higher than admiral of the fleet, which was recreated as an intermediate rank, equivalent to general of the army.

List of admirals of the fleet of the Soviet UnionEdit

Name Photo Lifespan Promoted Notes
Isakov, IvanIvan Isakov   (1894–1967) March 3, 1955
Kuznetsov, NikolaiNikolai Kuznetsov   (1904–1974) March 3, 1955 Demoted February 17, 1956
Restored July 26, 1988 (posthumous)
Gorshkov, SergeiSergei Gorshkov   (1910–1988) October 28, 1967

See alsoEdit

Junior rank
Admiral of the fleet
(ranks Soviet Navy)
Admiral of the fleet
of the Soviet Union

(Marshal of the Soviet Union)

Senior rank
Generalissimus of the Soviet Union