Captain (naval)

  • a royal navy captain's rank insignia during divisions conducted at hmnb clyde in january 2013
    captains from different navies


    captain is the name most often given in english-speaking navies to the rank corresponding to command of the largest ships.[1][2][3] the rank is equal to the army rank of colonel.

    equivalent ranks worldwide include "ship-of-the-line captain" (e.g. france, argentina, spain), "captain of sea and war" (e.g. portugal), "captain at sea" (e.g. germany, netherlands) and "captain of the first rank" (russia).

    the nato rank code is of-5, although the united states of america uses the code o-6 for the equivalent rank (as they do for all of-5 ranks).

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A Royal Navy captain's rank insignia during Divisions conducted at HMNB Clyde in January 2013
Captains from different Navies


Captain is the name most often given in English-speaking navies to the rank corresponding to command of the largest ships.[1][2][3] The rank is equal to the army rank of colonel.

Equivalent ranks worldwide include "ship-of-the-line captain" (e.g. France, Argentina, Spain), "captain of sea and war" (e.g. Portugal), "captain at sea" (e.g. Germany, Netherlands) and "captain of the first rank" (Russia).

The NATO rank code is OF-5, although the United States of America uses the code O-6 for the equivalent rank (as they do for all OF-5 ranks).

Other Languages
العربية: عقيد (بحري)
dansk: Kommandør
Ελληνικά: Πλοίαρχος
latviešu: Jūras kapteinis
lietuvių: Jūrų kapitonas
Bahasa Melayu: Kepten
norsk: Kommandør
norsk nynorsk: Kommandør
polski: Komandor
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kapetan (mornarica)
suomi: Kommodori
svenska: Kommendör