A vice admiral is the second highest non-unique flag rank attainable in most naval organizations.
The early office in the British Navy may be traced to the vice admiral of the United Kingdom which was the evolution of the ancient title lieutenant admiral or lieutenant of the Admiralty. It later became Vice Admiral of England in 1672; then became Vice Admiral of Great Britain in 1707; and finally Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom in 1801. In 1876, the officer was not hold and remained vacant until 1901 when King Edward VII revived it. On December 21, 1864, the grade of vice admiral was introduced into the American Navy. David Glasgow Farragut was the first vice admiral. When Farragut was promoted to Admiral in July 1866, Rear Admiral David D. Porter was then made a vice admiral. When Farragut died in Auguest 1870, Porter was made an admiral, and Stephen C. Rowan was made a vice admiral. After the deaths of Porter and Rowan, the grade of 'four-star admiral' became extinct until the Act of March 3, 1915.
In Starfleet, Vice Admirals are most likely to see duty as a Chief of Division (ie: Chief of Starfleet Security) or as Chief of Starfleet Operations. As promotion within the admiralty is at the pleasure of the Chancellor and the Starfleet Commander-in-Chief, there is no minimum time in grade beyond the required twenty years of service as a commissioned (non-flag) officer. It is abbreviated to VADM in correspondence.
Starfleet used the following rank insignia to denote this rank of officer:
Some military and paramilitary groups use the rank "vice admiral" in their organizations:
Within the Bajoran Defense Force Navy, a Vice-Admiral is the second rank with flag status and is entitled to its own paygrade of O-9.
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