Kendal Ozzel (portrayed by Michael Sheard) was a minor antagonist in Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. A high-ranking officer of the Imperial Navy, he held the rank of Admiral and served as co-commander of Darth Vader's personal fleet, Death Squadron. Ozzel's position was merely token, however, and Vader was the one who had any true authority. Also, the Admiral and Vader often disagreed on various tactical decisions, and it was one such decision that would lead to Ozzel's demise.
When Death Squadron discovered the Rebel Alliance's new base on Hoth, Admiral Ozzel went against Vader's decision to approach the Hoth system via its outskirts and wished to take the Rebels by surprise by bringing the fleet out of lightspeed in close proximity to the planet. For this tactical blunder, Darth Vader executed Ozzel over comms by Force-choking him to death. Captain Firmus Piett was promoted to Admiral by Vader while his former superior officer choked to death beside him.