Commodore (rank)

NaviesArmiesAir forces
Commissioned officers
Admiral of
the fleet
Field marshal or
General of the army
Marshal of
the air force
AdmiralGeneralAir chief marshal
Vice admiralLieutenant generalAir marshal
Rear admiralMajor generalAir vice-marshal
CommodoreBrigadier or
brigadier general
Air commodore
CaptainColonelGroup captain
CommanderLieutenant colonelWing commander
Major or
Squadron leader
LieutenantCaptainFlight lieutenant
junior grade
Lieutenant or
first lieutenant
Flying officer
Ensign or
Second lieutenantPilot officer
Officer cadetOfficer cadetFlight cadet
Enlisted grades
Warrant officer or
chief petty officer
Warrant officer or
sergeant major
Warrant officer
Petty officerSergeantFlight sergeant
Leading seamanCorporal or
SeamanPrivate or
gunner or
Aircraftman or

Commodore is a naval rank used in many navies that is superior to a navy captain, but below a rear admiral.It is either considered the lowest of the flag officers rank or may not hold the jurisdiction of a flag officer at all depending on the officers appointment.Non-English-speaking nations often use the rank of flotilla admiral, counter admiral, or senior captain as an equivalent, although counter admiral may also correspond to rear admiral.

Traditionally, "commodore" is the title for any officer assigned to command more than one ship at a time, even temporarily, much as "captain" is the traditional title for the commanding officer of a single ship even if the officer's official title in the service is a lower rank. As an official rank, a commodore typically commands a flotilla or squadron of ships as part of a larger task force or naval fleet commanded by an admiral. A commodore's ship is typically designated by the flying of a broad pennant, as opposed to an admiral's flag.

It is often regarded as a one-star rank with a NATO code of OF-6 (which is known in the U.S. as "rear admiral (lower half)"), but whether it is regarded as a flag rank varies between countries.[1]

It is sometimes abbreviated: as "Cdre" in British Royal Navy, "CDRE" in the US Navy, "Cmdre" in the Royal Canadian Navy, "COMO" in the Spanish Navy and in some navies speaking the Spanish language, or "CMDE" as used in some other Navies of several countries.[2]


The rank of commodore derives from the French commandeur, which was one of the highest ranks in the orders of knighthood, and in military orders the title of the knight in charge of a commande (a local part of the order's territorial possessions).

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Kommandeur
العربية: عميد بحري
čeština: Komodor
Deutsch: Kommodore
eesti: Kommodoor
Ελληνικά: Αρχιπλοίαρχος
español: Comodoro
Esperanto: Komodoro
فارسی: دریادار
hrvatski: Komodor
Bahasa Indonesia: Laksamana Pertama
italiano: Commodoro
Bahasa Melayu: Laksamana Pertama
Nederlands: Commodore (rang)
日本語: 代将
norsk nynorsk: Flaggkommandør
polski: Komodor
português: Comodoro
русский: Коммодор
српски / srpski: Комодор (чин)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Komodor
Türkçe: Tuğamiral
українська: Комодор
Tiếng Việt: Phó Đề đốc