Greatest Admirals in History


The Top Ten

1 Yi Sun-sin Yi Sun-sin

Miraculous victory of 23 times with no defeat.
Faced a strong checks from the King and high officials.
Had to master not only tactics but also strategy and logistics.
Devised the most advaced form of formations and maritime communications.
World have never seen such difficulties that the admiral Yi faced during his seven years of war.

In the face of an overwhelming adversary and corrupt allies, he still managed to win just about every battle he fought and near single-handedly stopped the Japanese invasion. Not only was he a brilliant tactician, but he was also an excellent strategist, setting up his own factory for producing war equipment on an island so it was safe from Japanese attack.

Faced great odds and adversaries, yet overcame, with next to no help from his countrymen.

He be like pure genius in military tactics

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2 Horatio Nelson Horatio Nelson Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté KB was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy.

Britannia rule the waves

National Hero of United Kingdom who won series of naval battles during the Napoleonic Wars. The most greatest battle he win was the Battle of Trafalgar.

He’s English need say anything else

Trafalgar, need I say more?

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3 Isoroku Yamamoto Isoroku Yamamoto

His the greatest admiral from japan since his death at pacific that he never know his final last life however his been ambush by USA aircraft that kill Isoroku Yamamoto but his a hero from japan the greatest admiral was no fear to death

Brilliant tactician, unfairly blamed for the demise of the Japanese navy.

Isoroku Yamamoto was a Japanese Marshal Admiral of the Navy and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II until his death. - FantasticEnder

4 Chester W. Nimitz Chester W. Nimitz

This opinions here are horrible. Chester Nimitz, however, is pure.

Chester William Nimitz, Sr. was a fleet admiral of the United States Navy. He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Commander... - FantasticEnder

5 Karl Dönitz Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz was a German admiral who played a major role in the naval history of World War II. Dönitz briefly succeeded Adolf Hitler as the head of state of Germany. He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before World War I. - FantasticEnder

6 Heihachiro Heihachiro

Started his seagoing combat career under the command of the great Tsuboi Kozo as a ruthless but decisive cruiser captain, fighting at the great battle of the Yalu in 1894. Admiral Togo later applied the lessons of his first war and showed a great willingness to take his battlefleet to sea, actively seeking out the enemy and displaying an ability to fight under the most advantageous conditions possible. Understood the importance of asymmetric warfare in the form of torpedoes. His perfectly-realised ambush and destruction of the Russians at Tsushima in 1905 is one of the most decisive naval battles of all time and marks Togo out as one of the all-time greats.

The diminutive but fearless Admiral Togo is the model for the prefect modern flag officer. Raised as a Samurai his life was dedicated to learning and mastering his craft. He accumulated both technical and operational experience with the Royal Navy and gained an astonishing amount of combat experience before his masterstroke at Tsushima.

Marshal-Admiral Marquis Tōgō Heihachirō, OM, GCVO, was a gensui or admiral of the fleet in the Imperial Japanese Navy and one of Japan's greatest naval heroes. He was termed by Western journalists as "the Nelson of the East". - FantasticEnder

7 Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville

Louis-René Madelaine Le Vassor, comte de La Touche-Tréville was a French Vice-admiral. He fought in the American War of Independence and became a prominent figure of the French Revolutionary Wars and of the Napoleonic wars. - FantasticEnder

8 Michiel de Ruyter

Without him the Netherlands would probably belong to the French or the British now. With a smaller number of ships he was able to beat many hostile fleets multiple times. Even though he was born as a normal citizen he worked his way up through the ranks and obtained the highest position in the Dutch marine. In the third Dutch-Anglo war he defended the Dutch from a French-English fleet four times even though he had a smaller amount of ships. De Ruyter used tactics that for example Nelson later re-invented (On his own of course but still)

Defeated the navies of England and France at the same time. Do I need to say anything more

When the French and British decided that they would destroy the Netherlands and split its smoldering ashes amongst themselves, he destroyed their navies with a smaller fleet on multiple occasions.

He did what nobody expected defeated the french en british

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9 Hayreddin Barbarossa

He is the best ever!

Non of the admiral has power as him before or after he is a real pirate and hero never beaten.

He was the most successful pirate and later admiral ln the ottoman navy. He ruled his own country which is called Algeria now. His succession against the Venice navy with small fleet made the Mediterranean sea to be a turkish lake in the history.

Brilliant tactician, fearless commander. His success at the Battle of Preveza is the high point in his Ottoman career.

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10 Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov

The most renowned and revered Russian admiral in the 18th century and one of the most competent officers in the Napoleonic Wars, his talent was often overlooked by the internet community. He had scored multiple victories against the Ottoman Empire in the face of larger opponent fleets, many of them with unbelievable lose exchange ratio, the likes that can matched Yi Sun-Sin at times. He have devised maneuver tactics that Horatio Nelson would later use in Trafalgar, the most famous victory of the legendary British admiral. While putting him in the first spot might bring about great debate, Ushakov definitely deserved a Top 3 or Top 5 on this list.

If he has never lost a battle or a ship in the entirety of the Second Coalition War he deserves the top spot. Yi Sun Sin May have beaten the Japanese in improbable odds but he had superior cannons that had longer ranges than that of the Japanese. Also Yi Sun Sin didn’t have to deal with the new complications and superior tactics of the War of The Second Coalition.

Thanks to Ushakov, Nelson only had to deal with a combined Franco-Spanish fleet instead of a full French Navy in it's greatest form. Udhakov destroyed all major French navy bases during the war of the second coalition - most notoble of which was his victory at Corfu. Ushakov made it easy for Nelson (Nelson just had to fight a Franco-Epanosh fleet while having superior Canon/arsenal equipment against his enemies) [Ushakov had to win his battles with equal level guns which just proves his superiority against Nelson] Ushakov never lost a battle (and never lost a ship if I am not mistaken) while Nelson lost a few battles/ships. I would put Ushakov on the 2nd place or at least at the top 5 of this list.

The Contenders

11 Sir Francis Drake
12 John Paul Jones John Paul Jones

Not only was he the most badass brit in history, John Paul Jones was also very skilled and to be honest- handsome.

John Paul Jones was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. - FantasticEnder

13 Afonso de Albuquerque

Beat the Ottoman Empire's navy multiple times in the 15th century
Lead first European expedition into the Persian Sea
Conquered parts of India
Was known to engage larger armies and navies and beating them
Pioneered sea trade with the Ming Dynasty (China), Thailand, Malasya and Indonesia.
Nicknamed "the Great", "the Terrible", "the Ceaser of the East", "the Lion of the Seas" and Portuguese Mars"

Check your facts.


14 Zheng He
15 Andrea Doria
16 Raymond A. Spruance

The admiral who led the US forces during the battle of Midway, the turning point in the war against the Japanese. His thinking and leading skills are amazing, always kept calm during situations of crisis.

Brains behind the turning point of WW2, the Battle of Midway.

17 Arthur Phillip Arthur Phillip

Admiral Arthur Phillip was a Royal Navy officer and the first Governor of New South Wales who founded the British penal colony that later became the city of Sydney, Australia - FantasticEnder

18 Henry Morgan

I mean he was pretty dam successful...j/s

19 Anne Hilarion de Costentin, Comte de Tourville

Versatile, courageous and cunning, Tourville was one of the few French admirals who could get the best of the Royal Navy time and again. He made the 'English' Channel into the French Channel after the Battle of Beachy Head. Fought a numerically superior allied fleet almost to a standstill at Barfleur and, though subsequently defeated, he was able to change his strategy afterwards and, the very next year, outsmarted the British to fall upon the Smyrna Convoy and take a hundred enemy ships with ease.

20 William Halsey Jr.

Bill Halsey was aggressive unlike many other us navy admirals during WW2.

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