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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 established by the Galactic Empire. The rank was used by members of the Imperial Navy.


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

Rae Sloane served as the Grand Admiral of the Imperial Fleet following the battle of Akiva.

In the second year before the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the Death Star,[4] the rank of Grand Admiral was awarded to the Chiss Imperial officer Thrawn by Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine after Thrawn's victory at Batonn.[2]

Following the Battle of Endor, Rae Sloane served as Grand Admiral and commanded the remnants of the Imperial Navy. 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.[1] New Republic Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar was considered a Grand Admiral by the Imperial officers, although it was not an official rank utilized by the New Republic.[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. Such accessories were generally uncommon in the Imperial Military, as uniform, as they seemed to put an emphasis on status above duty and humility.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit


Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Legends continuity.

Timothy Zahn, author of the 1991 Legends novel Heir to the Empire, introduced the rank of "Grand Admiral" for the villain of that novel, Grand Admiral Thrawn.[6] 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.[7]

The title was incorporated into canon with the release of the 2015 novel Aftermath, written by Chuck Wendig.[3]



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