flag officerflag officer
U.S. Navy any officer above the rank of captain, entitled to display a flag indicating rank
An officer in the navy or coast guard holding a rank higher than captain, such as rear admiral, vice admiral, or admiral.
(plural flag officers)
- A naval officer with the rank of rear admiral or above, such officers are entitled to fly a personal flag, especially on the flagship.
- (US military, informal) In addition to naval officers of Navy and the Coast Guard, a general officer in the Army, Marines, or Air Force with the rank of brigadier general or higher.