Are there more Admirals than ships in the Royal Navy?

I came across this article this morning. I thought some might find it instructive.

True - always need to look behind the headlines

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41 admirals, 40 fighting ships, 46 non-fighting ships & 174 aircraft
Plus a lot of other stuff , fleet air arm, shore stations & a lot of other etc’s
Its the 5th largest navy behind Japan, Russia, China & USA
Enlisted personal = 33280 regular + various reserves


Rear Admirals, Vice-Admirals, Admirals, Admirals of the Fleet.

Assume 1x Admiral of the Fleet and three Admirals reporting then three Vice-Admirals for each Admiral etc and you have 1 + 3 + 9 + 27 = 41

Seems about right…

… unless you mean 41 full Admirals

Mathematical - or is that a logical - genius at work again !!!
The numbers are indeed rear, vice & full.

Actually, not such a genius after all…

… 1 + 3 + 9 + 27 = 40…(not 41 doh !)

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… never mind I’ll chuck in a First Sea Lord


As an ex RNR I keep a blind eye on the goings on at the MoD - there is a good Facebook page that post pictures of the fleet, both current and of days gone by. I always feel a wave of nostalgia, and pride, despite never having served.

Such vicarious pleasure is akin to music appreciation as I can not read music or play an instrument.

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Does Austria have a navy? I know you can buy Austrian rum. It’s called Stroh.

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The Czechs have a navy … on a lake near the Austrian border. I believe the Austrian Navy used to be on the Danube before the Schengen Agreement days.

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