This article is about the German Marine Konteradmiral. For the equivalent English-language naval rank, see counter admiral.
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Konteradmiral, abbreviated KAdm or KADM, is the second lowest naval flag officer rank in the German Navy. It is equivalent to Generalmajor in the Heer and Luftwaffe or to Admiralstabsarzt and Generalstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

In the German Navy Konteradmiral is equivalent to rear admiral, a two-star rank with a NATO code of OF-7. However, in the former German-speaking naval forces of the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine), the Nazi Kriegsmarine, the East German Volksmarine and the Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. Kriegsmarine, Konteradmiral was an OF-6 one-star officer rank.


The official manner of formal addressing of military people with the rank Konteradmiral is "Herr/Frau Konteradmiral". In German naval tradition any flag officer rank may be addressed "Herr/Frau Admiral".

Rank insignia and rating

The rank insignia, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, is a single five-pointed star above a single normal stripe and a wide stripe. The star is omitted on rank loops. Konteradmiral is a B7 grade in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence.

German Navy officer rank
Junior rank
Konteradmiral Senior rank

The sequence of ranks in decreasing seniority is:


National People´s Army

Konteradmiral (OF-6) was the lowest flag officer grade of the Volksamarine, equivalent to the one-star rank Generalmajor (OF-6 as well).

In the GDR Volksmarine there were 3 flag officer ranks: Konteradmiral, Vizeadmiral, and Admiral. The GDR State Council decided from 25 March 25, 1982 to introduce the rank of Flottenadmiral .

Konteradmirals of the GDR Volksmarine
Name Dates Name Dates
Bernig, Herbert 1931- Lau, Wolfgang 1929-1996
Dönitz, Hans-Joachim 1934-2010 Miet, Peter 1944-
Elchlepp, Friedrich 1924-2002 Milzow, Helmut 1932-
Fischer, Richard 1906-1991 Müller, Gerhard 1941-
Grießbach, Eberhard 1935- Nitz, Egon 1934-2011
Heinecke, Lothar 1933-1985 Partzsch, Hans 1930-2012
Heniger, Werner 1929- Pöschel, Günther 1933-
Heß, Hans 1929- Rödel, Rolf 1940-2013
Irmscher, Heinz 1920-2004 Scheffler, Felix 1915-1986
Jordt, Heinrich 1917-1987 Städtke, Herbert 1931-2008
Kahnt, Klaus 1935- Streubel, Johannes 1921-1990
Kotte, Werner 1931- Wegner, Rudi 1923-1995
Münch, Joachim 1941- Weiß, Karl 1935-2012
Insignia of a Konteradmiral of the Volksmarine
ArabesquesLampasseShoulder strapCuff titleCommand flag
Junior rank
Kapitän zur See

(NPA rank)
Senior rank
See also
List of admirals of Germany: Konteradmirals

Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine

Nazi Kriegsmarine
Shoulder strap
Sleeve lace
Command flag

In the Kaiserliche Marine and Kriegsmarine, Konteradmiral was an OF-6 one-star officer rank equivalent to a Heer or Luftwaffe Generalmajor, and to an SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS.

The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted gold-braids (no pips or stars) on padding in navy blue weapon color.

Cuff insignia consisted of one golden big stripe, one normal stripe, and a five-point naval star above. The sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs.

Junior rank

(Kriegsmarine ranks)
Senior rank

K.u.K. Kriegsmarine

In the Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. Kriegsmarine (1849 to 1918) there were the flag officer ranks Kontreadmiral (also spelled Konteradmiral in the 20th century), Viceadmiral , Admiral and Großadmiral.

K.u.K. Kriegsmarine
Command flag
Cuff title
K.u.K. Konteradmiral


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