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List of famous naval officers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top naval officers in the world? This includes the most prominent naval officers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable naval officers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic naval officers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned naval officers.

This is a list that includes people like Neil Armstrong and Richard E. Byrd.

From reputable, prominent, and well known naval officers to the lesser known naval officers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the naval officer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous naval officers ever?" and "What are the names of famous naval officers?" then you're in the right place. (89 items)
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming ...more
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinbur... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He is the longest-serving, oldest-ever spouse of a reigning British monarch, and the longest-lived male member of the ...more
John N. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
John Newton Mitchell was the Attorney General of the United States from 1969 to 1972 under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he was a noted New York municipal bond lawyer, director of ...more
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr., KBE, DSC was an American actor and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II.
Leif Larsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Leif Larsen
Leif Andreas Larsen DSO, DSC, CGM, DSM and Bar, popularly known as "Shetlands" Larsen, was a Norwegian sailor and the most highly decorated allied naval officer of World War II. ...more
Richard E. Byrd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar ...more
Vern Clark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Vernon E. Clark is a former United States Navy admiral who served as the Chief of Naval Operations of the U.S. Navy. He retired 22 July 2005, making his tenure of five years the second-longest ...more
Jean-Anne Christy de la Palliè... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Jean-Anne Christy de la Pallière
Jean-Anne Christy de la Pallière, also written "Christy-Pallière", was a French Naval officer.
Jackson Tate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Jackson Tate
Jackson Rogers Tate was a United States Navy admiral who began his naval career as an enlisted man and became one of the first naval aviators. He fathered a child, Victoria, during a brief love ...more
Gene Markey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Eugene Willford "Gene" Markey was an American author, producer, screenwriter, and highly decorated naval officer.
Robert Falcon Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Captain Robert Falcon Scott, CVO, RN was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, and the ill-fated Terra ...more
James O. Ellis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is a retired 4-star admiral and former Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He currently is President and Chief Executive ...more
Pete Reed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Peter Reed MBE is an English Olympic rower. Reed has won four gold medals and three silver medals in the World Championships, and earned gold medals in the Men's coxless four at the 2008 Beijing ...more
Matthew Flinders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Captain Matthew Flinders RN was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent. Flinders made three voyages to ...more
Otto von Kotzebue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Otto von Kotzebue
Otto von Kotzebue was a Baltic German navigator in Russian service. The second son of writer and diplomat August von Kotzebue, he was born in Reval, then part of the Russian Empire. After ...more
Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Corvette Captain Georg Johannes, Ritter von Trapp, often incorrectly referred to as Baron von Trapp, was an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer. His naval exploits during World War I earned him ...more
Jean-François de Galaup, comte... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse was a French Navy officer and explorer whose expedition vanished in Oceania.
Ferdinand von Wrangel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Baron Ferdinand Friedrich Georg Ludwig von Wrangel was a Baltic German explorer and seaman in Russian service, Honorable Member of the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences, a founder of the ...more
Hayreddin Barbarossa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Hayreddin Barbarossa, or Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha, was an Ottoman admiral of the fleet who was born in the Ottoman island of Midilli and died in Constantinople, the Ottoman capital. ...more
Adrien de Gerlache is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Baron Adrien Victor Joseph de Gerlache de Gomery was an officer in the Belgian Royal Navy who led the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897–99.
John Henry Russell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Rear Admiral John Henry Russell was an officer of the United States Navy during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War.
Charles Austen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Charles Austen
Rear Admiral Charles John Austen CB was an officer in the Royal Navy. He served during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and beyond, eventually rising to the rank of rear-admiral.
Francis Austen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Francis Austen
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Francis William Austen, GCB was a Royal Navy officer. As commanding officer of the sloop HMS Peterel, he captured some 40 ships, was present at the capture of a French ...more
Naval Officer Butakov Alexande... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Samuel Phillips Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Samuel Phillips Lee was a Rear Admiral of the United States Navy. In the American Civil War, he took part in the New Orleans campaign, before commanding the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, ...more