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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 Armstrong 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 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 N. Mitchell 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 Fairbanks, Jr. 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
Richard E. Byrd 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
Vern Clark 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
Gene Markey 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
Robert Falcon Scott 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
James O. Ellis 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

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Pete Reed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Pete Reed 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
Matthew Flinders 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
Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp 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 Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse was a French Navy officer and explorer whose expedition vanished in Oceania.

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Ferdinand von Wrangel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Ferdinand von Wrangel 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 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
Adrien de Gerlache 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
John Henry Russell 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.

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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 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

Allison Madueke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Allison Madueke Rear Admiral Allison Amaechina Madueke is a retired Nigerian naval officer. He was appointed military governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and then of Imo State until ...more

Charles F. Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Charles F. Shoemaker Charles Frederick Shoemaker was a captain in the United States Revenue Cutter Service and was appointed in 1895 by Secretary of the Treasury John G. Carlisle to be Chief of the Revenue Marine ...more

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Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingsha... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen was a Baltic German officer in the Imperial Russian Navy, cartographer and explorer, who ultimately rose to the rank of Admiral. He was a notable ...more

George Brydges Rodney, 1st Bar... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, KB was a British naval officer. He is best known for his commands in the American War of Independence, particularly his victory over the French at the ...more

Daryl Dawson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Daryl Dawson Sir Daryl Michael Dawson, AC, KBE, CB Australian judge and naval officer, was a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1982 to 1997.

Azevedo Gomes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Azevedo Gomes Naval and Overseas Minister ( Ministro da Marinha e do Ultramar) immediately after the fall of the Portuguese Monarchy.

Anthony Wells is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Anthony Wells Dr. Anthony Wells has been President and Chief Executive Officer of TKC International LLC, a specialist technical services company supporting the US government, since May 1, 1992. Dr. Wells is ...more

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John Dundas Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
John Dundas Cochrane Captain John Dundas Cochrane, Royal Navy was a Scottish naval officer, traveller and explorer. An illegitimate son of Scottish adventurer Andrew Cochrane-Johnstone, John Dundas Cochrane came ...more

Juan Ruiz de Apodaca, 1st Coun... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Juan Ruiz de Apodaca, 1st Count of Venadito Juan José Ruiz de Apodaca y Eliza Gastón de Iriarte López de Letona y Lasqueti, count of Venadito was a Spanish naval officer and viceroy of New Spain from 20 September 1816 ...more

Francisco Joaquim Ferreira do ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Francisco Joaquim Ferreira do Amaral Francisco Joaquim Ferreira do Amaral, GCTS, KCVO was a Portuguese naval commander and politician.

Nicolás Franco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Nicolás Franco Nicolás Franco was the brother of Francisco Franco.

William Pullen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
William Pullen Vice admiral William John Samuel Pullen was a Royal Navy officer who was the first European to sail along the north coast of Alaska from the Bering Strait to the Mackenzie River in Canada. His ...more

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George James Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
George James Macdonald George James Macdonald DSO, DSC & Two Bars was a New Zealand naval officer, civil engineer and inventor. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 30 September 1921.

August Ritter von Trapp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers

Rick Miller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Rick Miller Dana Fontaine Miller, known as Rick Miller, is a retired military officer and a businessman from Sugar Land in suburban Houston, Texas, who has been since 2013 a Republican member of the Texas ...more

William Howard Duvall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
William Howard Duvall William Howard Duvall, father of Robert Duvall, was a U.S. Navy admiral.

Casper Robert Van Dien, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Casper Robert Van Dien, Sr. Casper Robert Van Dien, Sr. was a naval officer and fighter pilot.

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Paul Fenn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Paul Fenn Dr. rer. pol. Paul Fenn was a highly decorated Kapitän zur See in the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross ...more

Raymond-Jean-Baptiste de Verni... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Raymond-Jean-Baptiste de Verninac Saint-Maur Raymond-Jean-Baptiste de Verninac Saint-Maur was a French naval officer who became a Minister of the Navy and Colonies in the Cabinet of General Cavaignac, and an Admiral in the Navy.

Yates Stirling is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Yates Stirling Yates Stirling was a rear admiral in the United States Navy.

Warner B. Bayley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Warner B. Bayley Rear Admiral Warner Baldwin Bayley was a United States Navy officer. His career specialized in engineering and included service in the Spanish-American War and the investigation of the sinking ...more

Percy Scott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Percy Scott Admiral Sir Percy Moreton Scott, 1st Baronet KCB KCVO LL.D was a British Royal Navy officer and a pioneer in modern naval gunnery. During his career he proved to be an engineer and problem ...more

Hermann Bauer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Hermann Bauer Hermann Bauer was a German naval officer who served as commander of the U-boat forces of the Kaiserliche Marine during World War I. In addition to his World War I career, Bauer is well known as ...more

Karl Schulz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
Karl Schulz Karl Schulz was a highly decorated Kapitänleutnant der Reserves in the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross ...more

John O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Naval Officers
John O'Brien Vice Admiral John Charles O'Brien OC, CD was a Canadian Forces officer who served as Commander Maritime Command from 1966 to 1970.