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any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral



(from Arabic amir al bahr, “ruler on the sea”), a navy rank. It was first used in Europe in the 12th century in Venice and Genoa and later spread to the navies of other countries. In Russia admiral ranks (admiral general, admiral, vice admiral, and rear admiral) were introduced by Peter I in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The May 7, 1940, decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet created the following ranks in the USSR Navy: rear admiral, vice admiral, admiral, and admiral of the fleet; and in the navy engineering corps, engineer rear admiral, engineer vice admiral, and engineer admiral. On March 3, 1955, the rank of admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union replaced the rank of admiral of the fleet, and on April 18, 1962, the rank of admiral of the fleet was reintroduced and added to all those existing.

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I mean," said Father Brown, "that one of the Admiral's scientific predictions is coming true tonight.
He has been within a shave of another shipwreck; and would never have escaped it, if the lady hadn't had the sense to suspect the old Admiral's telegram and come down to watch him.
Admiral's founders have also pledged 10% of their profits to philanthropic causes in areas where the fund invests, building on Robinson's lifetime commitment to support education and lower-income communities.
Admiral's logo is already emblazoned across the chests of Wales' senior national stars, and has been since November 2010, but a new partnership has now been agreed until 2017.
The jobs will involve Admiral's IT graduate programme which is a 12-month graduate programme leading to permanent employment by gaining invaluable experience across all areas of IT.
The Admiral's staff assignments include key posts like Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at the headquarters in New Delhi, Commandant of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Indian Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London and Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Headquarters of Western Naval Command.
Admiral's logo first appeared on the Welsh team's jersey in 2010 and will now be retained until the next Rugby World Cup.
However, it appears this anxiety about car crime is unfounded as Admiral's own claims statistics show that the number of cars being stolen or broken into has dropped dramatically over the past decade.
The main goal of the Admiral's visit to Kyrgyzstan is to check functioning of the Russian Navy facilities in Kyrgyzstan.
It also has received newly issued shares to fund Admiral's future growth.
Gaylord relaxed against Admiral's arm for a few seconds before he realized that a test like that wouldn't do him any good.
The Admiral's substantial experience in team building, strategic planning and project management, and excellent analytical and communications skills, are tremendous assets for our board.