List of South African admirals
The following is an incomplete list of people who have attained admiral rank within the South African Navy (SAN).
|R Adm (JG)||Rear Admiral (Junior Grade)|
|R Adm||Rear Admiral|
|V Adm||Vice Admiral|
The ranks of Flag Officers changed in 1997 when the rank previously called Commodore became known as Rear Admiral (Junior Grade). For the purposes of this list if they held the rank of Commodore before 1997 they are listed with that rank
|Rank||Name||Last position held||Notes||Dates of service|
|Adm||Hugo Biermann||Chief of the Defence Force||Only person to hold the rank of admiral||1952–1976|
|V Adm||James Johnson||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Johan Charl Walters||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Ronald A Edwards||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Andries P Putter||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Glen Syndercombe||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Lambert Jackson Woodburne||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Robert Simpson-Anderson||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Johan Retief||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Refiloe Johannes Mudimu||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Samuel Hlongwane||Chief of the Navy|
|V Adm||Marthinus Bekker||Chief of the SADF Staff||Nickname "Bert"|
|V Adm||Martyn Trainor||Chief of the SANDF Corporate Staff||Nickname "Spook"|
|V Adm||Paul Murray||Chief of the Staff Finance|
|V Adm||Piet Loedolff||Chief of Staff Personnel||Now an author and lecturer|
|V Adm||Aart Malherbe||Chief of Staff Logistics|
|V Adm||Asiel Kubu||Chief of Human Resources|
|R Adm||Chris Bennett||Chief of Naval Staff|
|R Adm||Robert W. Higgs||Chief of Naval Staff||Nickname "Rusty"|
|R Adm||M.R. Terry-Lloyd||Chief of Naval Staff|
|R Adm||Bubele Mhlana||Flag Officer Fleet||Nickname "Bravo"|
|R Adm||Hanno Teuteberg||Deputy Chief of the Navy|
|R Adm||Phillip Schoultz||Flag Officer Fleet|
|R Adm||Dave Forsyth||Director Navy Reserves|
|R Adm||Peter Tomlinson||FOC Fleet Operations|
|R Adm||Bernhard Teuteberg||Chief Director: Maritime Strategy|
|R Adm||George Noel Green||CNS Log|
|R Adm||Eric Green||Flag Officer Fleet||Brother of Alan Green|
|R Adm||Alan Green||Chief: Military Policy, Strategy Planning||Brother of Eric Green|
|R Adm||Hennie van Eeden Bester||Flag Officer Fleet|
|R Adm||Sagaren Pillay||Chief Director: Maritime Strategy|
|R Adm||Paul Wijnberg||FOC Naval Command East|
|R Adm||Mosoeu Magalefa||Chief of Naval Staff|
|R Adm||George Mphafi||CD Operations Development, CJ OPS|
|R Adm||Rolf Hauter||Chief Director Maritime Strategy, Chief Director Strategy and Planning SANDF|
|R Adm||Anthony Howell||Chief Director: Maritime Warfare|
|R Adm||RP Dryden Dymond|
|R Adm||Raymond Eberlein||Chief Director Manpower Provisioning and Development, SADF; Chief of Naval Staff Personnel|
|R Adm||Evert Groenewald||Chief of Naval Staff Intelligence, Chief of Naval Operations||Nickname "Gringo"|
|R Adm||Jaap Weideman||Navy Inspector General|
|R Adm||J. Richard Nortier||Chief of Naval Staff Logistics||Nickname Dick|
|R Adm||James Sleigh||Chief of Naval Staff|
|R Adm||Barend Visser||Chief Director Logistic Systems, SANDF|
|R Adm||Paul Viljoen||FOC Navcom East, Chief of Naval Operations||Nickname Flip||1989–1992|
|R Adm||Stephanus Biermann||Chief of Staff, Training and Manning||Brother of Hugo Biermann|
|R Adm (JG)||Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala||Director Fleet Human Resources||First woman admiral|
|R Adm||Guy Jamieson||Deputy Chief of the Navy|
|R Adm (JG)||William Joubert||Director Naval Planning||Nickname Bill|
|R Adm (JG)||Ralph Ndabambi||Director Naval Reserves|
|R Adm (JG)||Monde Lobese||Director Fleet Logistics|
|R Adm (JG)||James Matshimane||Director Naval Personnel|
|R Adm (JG)||Edward Ratala||Inspector General (Navy)|
|R Adm (JG)||Koos Louw||FOC Naval Base Simon's Town|
|R Adm (JG)||Arne Söderlund|
|R Adm (JG)||Gert Engelbrecht||Director:Performance Audit IG DoD|
|R Adm (JG)||Karl Wiesner||Director Maritime Warfare|
|R Adm (JG)||Rendani Masutha||Defense Legal Services|
|R Adm (JG)||John George Barker||Defence Attaché in France|
|R Adm (JG)||Cobus Visser||Director Technology Development, Defence Materiél Division|
|R Adm (JG)||Derek Dewey||Director Technology Development|
|R Adm (JG)||Laura Jansen van Vuuren||Commandant Defence College||2nd woman admiral|
|R Adm (JG)||Patrick Duze||Director Force Preparation and Joint Operations|
|R Adm (JG)||Monica Josias||Director Maritime Diplomacy and Strategy|
|R Adm (JG)||Emily Masanabo||Director Navy Transformation|
|R Adm (JG)||Kevin J. Watson||Director Naval Engineering Services|
|R Adm||Derek Christian||Deputy Chief Joint Operations Division|
|R Adm (JG)||Dirk I. De Villiers||D Strat at Mil Pol Strat & Plan|
|R Adm (JG)||F.A Hans||Director Supply Services Support Management at DOD LSF, Director Naval Logistics|
|R Adm (JG)||Alan Claydon-Fink||Director Naval Acquisitions|
|R Adm (JG)||Kasaval Naidoo||Director Maritime Plans|
|R Adm||David Mkhonto||Chief Director: Maritime Strategy|
|R Adm (JG)||Mokgadi Maphoto||Provost Marshal General SANDF|
|R Adm (JG)||Nomonde Gogi-Gumede||Director Maritime Intelligence|
|R Adm (JG)||Z Kani||Director Operational Law Support|
|R Adm (JG)||Z Camagu||Director Supply Services Support Management|
|R Adm (JG)||S Makhanya||Dir HR Sep|
|R Adm (JG)||M.A Maphoto||Provost-Marshal General|
|R Adm (JG)||M Nkomonde||Inspector General of the Navy|
|R Adm (JG)||Leslie Katerinic||Chief of Fleet Staff|
|R Adm (JG)||Douglas Faure||Director Maritime Warfare|
|R Adm (JG)||Ernest Penzhorn||Director Naval Reserves|
|R Adm (JG)||Jonathan Kamerman|
|R Adm (JG)||John Renolds||OC Naval Log Base|
|R Adm (JG)||Steven Stead||Chief of Naval Staff Operations|
|Cdre||Peter Bitzker||Chief of the Navy||Inspector General Navy|
|Cdre||James Dalgleish||Chief of the Navy|
|Cdre||Frederick Dean||Chief of the Navy|
|Cdre||Chris Botha||Commanded the SA base in France, later CNavyStaff Finance|
|Cdre||Dieter Gerhardt||FOC Naval Base Simon's Town||Convicted Soviet spy|
|Cdre||Gert Brits||Commander Naval Operations Command|
|Cdre||Bill Hogg||Commander Naval Operations Command|
|Cdre||John Fairbairn||OC Naval Vase Simon's Town|
|Cdre||John Ferris||COMNAVCAPE 1982|
|Cdre||Andre Burgers||Chief of Naval Staff Intelligence|
|Cdre||Andrew Cecil McMurray|
|Cdre||A Rudman||Commander Naval Training Command|
|Cdre||Jeremy Mathers||Director Naval Technology|
|Cdre||N Vorster||Chief of Naval Staff Operations (now known as Director Maritime Warfare)|
|Cdre||Errol Massey-Hicks||Chief of Naval Staff Operations|
|Cdre||Bryan Donkin||Chief of Naval Staff Operations|
|Cdre||Theo Honiball||Chief of Naval Staff Planning|
|Cdre||Vic Holderness||Commander Naval Operations Command|
|Cdre||J Kleinschmidt||Commander Naval Logistic Command|
|Cdre||Norman Wise||Commander Naval Logistics Command|
|Cdre||George Basson||Chief of Naval Staff Operations, Director Maritime Warfare|
|Cdre||S. van H. du Toit||Chief of Naval Staff Personnel|
|Cdre||Jacques de Vos||FOC Naval Base Simonstown|
|Cdre||Pieter Potgieter||FOC Naval Base Simonstown|
|Cdre||Peter Keene||Chief of Naval Staff Intelligence, FOC Naval Base Simonstown|
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