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ADMIRAL, officer. In some countries is the commander in chief of the naval forces. This office does not exist in the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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War saw him as captain's secretary on the battleship Barham, followed by the land appointment as secretary to Max Horton, then a Rear Admiral and later to become Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches Command, as a full admiral.
Aged fifty in 1756 when the Seven Years' War broke out, Byng, now a full admiral, sailed with ten ships of the line to Gibraltar.