Ranks and insignia of NATO navies' officers

Each officer rank in the navy of a NATO country may be compared with the ranks used by any military service in other NATO countries, under a standardized NATO rank scale. This is useful, for instance, in establishing seniority amongst officers serving alongside each other within multinational command structures.

The grades, prefixed OF- (commissioned officers) and WO- (warrant officers) were established in the document STANAG 2116, formally titled NATO Codes for Grades of Military Personnel.

In many navies, two separate ranks fall within the OF-1 grade. These particular ranks, known by various names in different navies, are commonly given the less formal grades of "OF-1a" (more senior) and "OF-1b" (less senior).

Officers (OF-1 – 10)Edit

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
  Albania
(Edit)
No equivalent
                  No equivalent
Admiral Nënadmiral Kundëradmiral Kapiten Rangut I Kapiten Rangut II Kapiten Rangut III Kapiten Leitnant Leitnant Nënleitnant


  Belgium
(Edit)
No equivalent                       No equivalent  
Admiral Vice-Admiral Divisional Admiral Flotilla Admiral Captain at sea Frigate captain Corvette captain Lieutenant at sea, 1st class Lieutenant at sea Ensign at sea Ensign at sea, 2nd class Officer Cadet
Admiraal Vice-admiraal Divisieadmiraal Flottieljeadmiraal Kapitein-ter-zee Fregatkapitein Korvetkapitein Luitenant-ter-zee 1ste klasse Luitenant-ter-zee Vaandrig-ter-zee Vaandrig-ter-zee 2de klasse Aspirant der marine
Amiral Vice-amiral Amiral de division Amiral de flottille Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau de 1re classe Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant de marine
Admiral Vizeadmiral Divisionsadmiral Flotillenadmiral Kapitän zur See Fregattenkapitän Korvettenkapitän Linienschiffsleutnant 1. klasse Linienschiffsleutnant Seefahnrich Seefahnrich 2. klasse Aspirant von marine


  Bulgaria
(Edit)
No equivalent                               No equivalent
Admiral
Адмирал
Vice admiral
Вицеадмирал
Counter admiral
Контраадмирал
Flotilla admiral
Флотилен адмирал
Captain 1st rank
Капитан I ранг
Captain 2nd rank
Капитан II ранг
Captain 3rd rank
Капитан III ранг
Captain lieutenant
Капитан-лейтенант
Senior lieutenant
Старши лейтенант
Lieutenant
Лейтенант


  Canada
(Edit)
No equivalent                       No equivalent
Admiral Vice-admiral Rear-admiral Commodore Captain(N) Commander Lieutenant-commander Lieutenant(N) Sub-lieutenant Acting sub-lieutenant Naval
Cadet
Amiral Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Commodore Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant de marine


  Croatia
(Edit)
                      No equivalent
Admiral flote Admiral Viceadmiral Kontraadmiral Komodor Kapetan bojnog broda Kapetan fregate Kapetan korvete Poručnik bojnog broda Poručnik fregate Poručnik korvete


  Czech Republic No navy


  Denmark
(Edit)
No equivalent                     No equivalent
Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Flotilleadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant


  Estonia
(Edit)
No equivalent                       No equivalent
Admiral
Admiral
Vice admiral
Viitseadmiral
Rear admiral
Kontradmiral
Commodore
Kommodoor
Captain
Mereväekapten
Commander
Kaptenleitnant
Lieutenant commander
Kaptenmajor
Lieutenant Senior Grade
Vanemleitnant
Lieutenant
Leitnant
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Nooremleitnant
Ensign
Lipnik


  France
(Edit)
                         
Amiral de France Amiral Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant Élève-officier


  Germany
(Edit)
No equivalent                             Enlisted rank plus a star
indicating cadet's career
Admiral Vizeadmiral Konteradmiral Flottillen-
admiral
Kapitän zur See Fregatten-
kapitän
Korvetten-
kapitän
Stabskapitän-
leutnant
Kapitän-
leutnant
Oberleutnant
zur See
Leutnant
zur See
Oberfähnrich
zur See
Fähnrich
zur See
Seekadett


  Greece
(Edit)
No equivalent                                  No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign Officer Designate
Ναύαρχος Αντιναύαρχος Υποναύαρχος Αρχιπλοίαρχος Πλοίαρχος Αντιπλοίαρχος Πλωτάρχης Υποπλοίαρχος Ανθυποπλοίαρχος Σημαιοφόρος Σημαιοφόρος Επίκουρος Αξιωματικός
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
  Hungary No navy


  Iceland
(Edit)
No equivalent
                  No equivalent
Rear Admiral
General Director
Commodore
Chief of Operations
Captain
Deputy Chief of Operations, head of divisions
Commander sg.
1° CO of department, vessel or aircraft
Commander
2° CO of department, vessel or aircraft
Lieutenant Commander
Commanding Officer
Lieutenant
Officer
(after 6 years of service)
Lieutenant jg.
Officer
(after 2 years of service)
Sub-Lieutenant
Officer
(first 2 years of service)


  Italy
(Edit)
                  
            No equivalent
Ammiraglio
awarded only to the Chief of Defence Staff
Ammiraglio di Squadra con Incarichi Speciali Ammiraglio di Squadra Ammiraglio di Divisione Contrammiraglio Capitano di Vascello Capitano di Fregata Capitano di Corvetta Primo Tenente di Vascello Tenente di Vascello Sottotenente di Vascello Guardiamarina Aspirante Guardiamarina


  Latvia
(Edit)
No equivalent
                  No equivalent
Viceadmirālis
Vice Admiral
Kontradmirālis
Counter Admiral
Flotiles admirālis
Rear Admiral
Jūras kapteinis
Navy Captain
Komandkapteinis
Commander Senior Grade
Komandleitnants
Commander Junior Grade
Kapteiņleitnants
Lieutenant Commander
Virsleitnants
First Lieutenant
Leitnants
Lieutenant


  Lithuania
(Edit)
No equivalent
                  No equivalent  
Viceadmirolas Kontradmirolas Flotilės admirolas Jūrų kapitonas Komandoras Komandoras leitenantas Kapitonas leitenantas Vyresnysis leitenantas Leitenantas Kariūnas


  Luxembourg No navy


  Montenegro
(Edit)
No equivalent                     No equivalent
Admiral Viceadmiral Kontraadmiral Komodor Kapetan bojnog broda Kapetan fregate Kapetan korvete Poručnik bojnog broda Poručnik fregate Poručnik korvete


  Netherlands
(Edit)
No equivalent                     Adelborst/Korporaal-Adelborst/Sergeant-Adelborst No equivalent
Luitenant-Admiraal Vice-Admiraal Schout-bij-Nacht Commandeur Kapitein ter zee Kapitein-luitenant ter zee Luitenant ter zee der 1ste klasse Luitenant ter zee der 2de klasse oudste categorie Luitenant ter zee der 2de klasse Luitenant ter zee der 3de klasse


  Norway
(Edit)
No equivalent                     No equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik


  Poland
(Edit)
                      No equivalent Various
Marszałek Polski[note 1] Admirał Admirał floty Wiceadmirał Kontradmirał Komandor Komandor porucznik Komandor podporucznik Kapitan marynarki Porucznik marynarki Podporucznik marynarki Podchorąży


  Portugal
(Edit)
                           
Almirante da Armada[note 2] Almirante Vice-almirante Contra-almirante Comodoro Capitão de Mar e Guerra Capitão de Fragata Capitão-tenente Primeiro-tenente Segundo-tenente Guarda-marinha and
Subtenente
Aspirante (Naval School) Aspirante (others) Cadete
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
  Romania
(Edit)
                      No equivalent
Mareșal Amiral Viceamiral Contraamiral Contraamiral de Flotilă Comandor Căpitan-Comandor Locotenent-Comandor Căpitan Locotenent Aspirant


  Slovakia No navy


  Slovenia
(Edit)
No equivalent                     No equivalent
Admiral Vice admiral Kontraadmiral Kapitan Kapitan bojne ladje Kapitan fregate Kapitan korvete Poročnik fregate Poročnik korvete Podporočnik


  Spain
(edit)
                             
Capitán general[note 3] Almirante general Almirante Vice almirante Contra almirante Capitán de navío Capitán de fragata Capitán de corbeta Teniente de navío Alférez de navío Alférez de fragata Guardiamarina 2 Guardiamarina 1 Alumno 2 Alumno 1


  Spain
(Marines)

(Edit)
No equivalent
                         
Teniente General General de División General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Comandante Capitán Teniente Alférez Guardiamarina de 2º Guardiamarina de 1º Aspirante de 2ª Aspirante de 1ª


  Turkey
(Edit)
                        Various [note 4]
Büyükamiral Oramiral Koramiral Tümamiral Tuğamiral Albay Yarbay Binbaşı Yüzbaşı Üsteğmen Teğmen Asteğmen Bahriyeli


  United Kingdom
(Edit)
                         No equivalent
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Midshipman Officer Cadet


  United Kingdom
(Royal Marines)

(Edit)
                        No equivalent
Captain General
Royal Marines
General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet


  United States
(edit)
                        Various
Fleet admiral Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Rear admiral (lower half) Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman/officer candidate


  United States
(marine corps)

(Edit)
No equivalent                       Various
General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant Midshipman/officer candidate


  United States
(coast guard)

(Edit)
No equivalent                     No equivalent
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Rear admiral (lower half) Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer

Warrant officers (WO-1 – 5)Edit

Warrant officers rank below officers and above enlisted servicemen.

NATO code WO-5 WO-4 WO-3 WO-2 WO-1
  United States
(edit)
         
Chief warrant officer 5 Chief warrant officer 4 Chief warrant officer 3 Chief warrant officer 2 Warrant officer 1
  United States
(coast guard)

(Edit)
No equivalent       No equivalent
Chief warrant officer 4 Chief warrant officer 3 Chief warrant officer 2


  United States
(marine corps)

(Edit)
         
Chief warrant officer 5 Chief warrant officer 4 Chief warrant officer 3 Chief warrant officer 2 Warrant Officer 1
NATO code WO-5 WO-4 WO-3 WO-2 WO-1

WO are used for United States and United Kingdom warrant officers only.[1] Countries not listed use only regular officer ranks, do not have warrant officers, or warrant officers are considered OR (Other/Enlisted Rank).

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Title; Honorary or posthumous rank; war time rank; ceremonial rank
  2. ^ Honorary or wartime rank.
  3. ^ Rank only held by the king of Spain.
  4. ^ Student officer insignia denotes school grade rather than military seniority.

ReferencesEdit