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"Grand Admiral Ackbar."
"Grand admiral is an Imperial ranking. I, like you once did, identify as fleet admiral—but you seem to have taken the title 'Grand Admiral' for yourself."
―Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar[src]

Grand Admiral was a senior military rank in the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire. It was also a rank in the Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet. After the fall of the Empire, the rank was active in the First Order, a successor state of the old Imperial government.


"The Emperor recently promoted me after my victory at Batonn."
―Grand Admiral Thrawn[src]
Thrawn promotion

Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo "Thrawn" received his rank from Emperor Palpatine himself.

The military rank of Grand Admiral was active during the Imperial Era. Shortly after the Batonn sector insurgency, Chiss Admiral Thrawn was awarded the rank of Grand Admiral by Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine after Thrawn's victory at Batonn.[2] During the Lothal campaign, Balanhai Savit also had the rank of Grand Admiral, and attended a meeting with Thrawn, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, and Director Orson Callan Krennic regarding funding for the TIE Defender program and delays concerning Project Stardust. At that time, Thrawn and Savit were two of the twelve Grand Admirals serving the Empire.[3]

During the Galactic Civil War, Mon Cala monarchy Regent Urtya served as the Grand Admiral of the Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet, which at the time was commandeered by the Galactic Empire.[5]

Following the Battle of Endor, Rae Sloane served as Grand Admiral and commanded the remnants of the Imperial Navy.[4] New Republic Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar was considered a Grand Admiral by Imperial officers,[7] although it was not an official rank utilized by the New Republic.[4] Sloane continued to posses the rank of Grand Admiral during the time she was part of the First Order.[6]


The Imperial rank of Grand Admiral was one of the senior ranks in the entire Imperial Military, and to be given the title was seen as a great honor.[4] A Grand Admiral was typically given command of a fleet, such as Thrawn with the Seventh Fleet[2] and Savit with the Third Fleet.[3]


Unlike the traditional Imperial uniform, which generally consisted of a plain gray tunic, the Imperial Grand Admiral's uniform was white with golden epaulets.[2] Such accessories were generally uncommon in the Imperial Military, as they seemed to put an emphasis on status above duty and humility.[8]

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Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Legends continuity

Timothy Zahn, author of the 1991 Star Wars Legends novel Heir to the Empire, introduced the rank of "Grand Admiral" for the villain of that novel, Grand Admiral Thrawn.[9] Zahn wanted Thrawn to be a military leader rather than a political title-holder or darksider, but felt a normal Admiral would be too mundane. He therefore decided to use the title "Grand Admiral," which he had encountered while reading William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in the context of its use in the German Navy.[10]



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