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Encyclopedia > Commodore (rank)
Common Military Ranks
Naval Forces Land/Air Forces Commonwealth Air Forces
Admiral General Air Marshal
Commodore Brigadier Air Commodore
Captain Colonel Group Captain
Commander1 Major2 Wing Commander1
Lieutenant3 Captain3 Squadron Leader2
Ensign5 Lieutenant4 Pilot Officer5
Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Warrant Officer
Petty Officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading Rate Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private Aircraftman
This table shows the hierarchy of widely recognized military rank titles. Not all variants ranks in between are included. If "broadly" equivalent ranks do not appear alongside each other, they are indicated by matching numerical notation (1 being the highest).

Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a Flag Officer. The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states, the majority of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom. ... Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. ... A General is an officer of high military rank. ... An air marshals sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a rank in the Royal Air Force. ... Brigadier is a rank which is used in different ways by different countries. ... An Air Commodoress sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Commodore is the fourth most senior rank active in the Royal Air Force today, after the deactivation of Marshal of the Royal Air Force as a substantive rank in peacetime during defence cuts of the 1990s. ... Please see Captain for other uses of the term Captain is a military rank used in nearly every army and navy of the world. ... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... A Group Captains sleeve/shoulder insignia A Group Captains command flag Group Captain is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. ... Commander is a military rank which is also sometimes used as a military title depending on the individual customs of a given military service. ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ... Wing Commander (rank) is a rank in the Royal Air Force, equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel in most Armies, the Royal Marines and the United States Marine Corps. ... Lieutenant is a military, naval, paramilitary, fire service or police officer rank. ... Please see Captain for other uses of the term Captain is a military rank used in nearly every army and navy of the world. ... A Squadron Leaders sleeve/shoulder insignia Squadron Leader is a commissioned rank in some air forces. ... Ensign is a junior rank of commissioned officer in the militaries of some countries, normally in the infantry or navy. ... Lieutenant is a military, naval, paramilitary, fire service or police officer rank. ... A Pilot Officers sleeve/shoulder insignia Pilot Officer (Plt Off in the RAF; PLTOFF in the RAAF and RNZAF, P/O in the former RCAF) is the lowest substantive commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries, ranking only above Acting... Two Bermuda Regiment Warrant Officers. ... Two Bermuda Regiment Warrant Officers. ... Two Bermuda Regiment Warrant Officers. ... A Petty Officer is a noncommissioned officer or equivalent in many navies. ... Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organisations around the world. ... Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organisations around the world. ... Leading Rating (or Leading Rate) is the most senior of the junior rates in the British Royal Navy. ... Corporal is a rank in use in some form by most militaries, police forces or other uniformed organizations around the world. ... Corporal is a rank in use in some form by most militaries, police forces or other uniformed organizations around the world. ... For other uses, see Seaman (disambiguation). ... A Private is a soldier of the lowest military rank (equivalent to Nato Rank Grades OR-1 to OR-3 depending on the force served in). ... Aircraftman (AC) (or Aircraftwoman (ACW)) is the lowest rank in the Royal Air Force, ranking below Leading Aircraftman and having a NATO rank code of OR-1. ... rank. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... Flag Officer is both a historic naval rank and a modern day navy title. ...

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History

The rank of Commodore derives from the French commandeur, which was one of the highest ranks in orders of knighthood, and in military orders the title of the knight in charge of a commenda (a local part of the order's territorial possessions). The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ...


The Royal Netherlands Navy also used the rank of commandeur from the end of the 16th century for a variety of temporary positions, until it became a conventional permanent rank in 1955. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has adopted the English spelling of Commodore for an equivalent rank. Flag of the Royal Netherlands Navy Royal Netherlands Navy Jack The Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy ) is the navy of the Netherlands. ... Commandeur is a title in French and Dutch, usually rendered in English as Commander, with different uses. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image:Flag of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. ...


The rank of Commodore was at first a position created as a temporary title to be bestowed upon Captains who commanded squadrons of more than one vessel. In many navies, the rank of Commodore was merely viewed as a Senior Captain position, whereas other naval services bestowed upon the rank of Commodore the prestige of flag officer status. In the Royal Navy, the position was introduced to combat the cost of appointing more Admirals - a costly business with a fleet as large as the Royal Navy's at that time. A Squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or naval vessels. ... Insignia of a modern day Senior Captain Senior Captain is a rare military rank which is used in some countries armed forces as a rank between a regular Captain and a Major. ... Flag Officer is both a historic naval rank and a modern day navy title. ...


Naval rank

The following articles deal with the rank of Commodore (or its equivalent) as it is employed in various countries.

Commodore Insignia Rank Pennant Commodore is a rank of the Royal Navy above Captain and below Rear-Admiral. ... 19th century Commodore stripes 20th century Commodore insignia Commodore is a rank of the United States Navy with a somewhat complicated history. ... The military rank of commodore is used in some navies for officers who command more than one ship, but are not senior enough to be made admirals. ... Commandeur is a title in French and Dutch, usually rendered in English as Commander, with different uses. ...

Air force ranks

Commodore, in Spanish El Comodoro, is a rank in the Argentine Air Force. This rank is the equivalent of a Colonel in the Argentine Army, and a Colonel or Group Captain in other air forces of the world. The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina, FAA) is the national air force of Argentina. ... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... The Argentine Army (Ejército Argentino) is the land armed force branch of the Argentine military and the senior military service of the country. ... A Group Captains sleeve/shoulder insignia A Group Captains command flag Group Captain is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. ...


The Argentine rank below Commodore is the rank of Vice-Commodore, in Spanish Vicecomodoro, equivalent to a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Argentine Army, and a Lieutenant-Colonel or Wing Commander in other air forces. Lieutenant Colonel (Lieutenant-Colonel in English from the French grades spelling) is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine corps and air forces of the world, typically ranking above a Major and below a Colonel. ... A Wing Commanders sleeve/shoulder insignia A Wing Commanders command flag Wing Commander is a commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. ...


Many air forces, use the rank of Air Commodore. This rank was first used by the Royal Air Force and is now used in many countries such as India, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Nigeria. It is the equivalent rank to an army Brigadier. An Air Commodoress sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Commodore is the fourth most senior rank active in the Royal Air Force today, after the deactivation of Marshal of the Royal Air Force as a substantive rank in peacetime during defence cuts of the 1990s. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Brigadier is a rank which is used in different ways by different countries. ...


The German air force used the concept of a unit Commodore, although this was a unit command appointment rather than a rank.


Merchant and boating rank

Commodore is also a title held by the senior captain within a shipping company. It is also a title held by the senior officer of many yacht clubs and boating associations.


Other uses

In the Church of Scientology, The Commodore is a title bestowed to L. Ron Hubbard, the church's founder, as the Commodore of the Sea Organization, the church's fraternal religious order. Hubbard himself was also a lieutenant junior grade of the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Church of Scientology is the largest organization devoted to the practice and the promotion of the Scientology belief system. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... Lieutenant is a military, naval, paramilitary, fire service or police officer rank. ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33...


In the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the senior elected officer of the organization is the National Commodore, while there are Commodores elected for the Atlantic and Pacific regions. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established in 1939 by an act of Congress as the United States Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941. ...


Vanderbilt University's intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Commodores, a reference to Cornelius Vanderbilt's self-appointed title (he was the master of a large shipping fleet). Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt Cornelius Vanderbilt I (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877), also known by the sobriquets The Commodore [1] [2] or Commodore Vanderbilt [3], was an American entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. ...


In the U.S. Sea Scouting program (which is part of the Boy Scouts of America), all National, Regional, Flotilla, and Council committee chairs are titled as Commodore, while senior committee members are addressed as Vice Commodore. Ship Committee chairs do not hold this recognition. Sea Scouts is a program within the Boy Scouts of Americas Venturing Program. ... The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a United States Scouting organization, with some presence in other countries. ...


The rank of Commodore in popular culture

  • In the sequel to the Galaxy Angel trilogy of games, protagonist Tact Mayers has been promoted from Captain to Commodore. He commands a fleet that totals over 400 warships when assembled.
  • Often in military science fiction, space navies will have Commodores in their ranking system. These officers generally command squadrons or flotillas of light or middle-weight warships.

For the magazine, see Computer and Video Games (magazine). ... For the racehorse, see Starcraft (horse). ... The Marines of the Terran Confederacy. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... A trilogy is a set of three works of art, usually literature or film, that are connected and can generally be seen as a single work as well as three individual ones. ... Poster for the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean is a franchise that began as an attraction at Disney theme parks and has evolved to include a series of highly successful films and spinoffs. ... Commodore James Norrington (played by Jack Davenport) is a brave and faithful officer in the British Royal Navy in Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, which, after the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) became an international blockbuster, is being expanded into a trilogy. ... Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional pirate and one of the primary characters of the Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Mans Chest (2006), and the as of yet unreleased third installment At Worlds End (2007). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Space: Above and Beyond was a short-lived 1990s American science fiction television show, created and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. ... Tucker Smallwood (born February 22, 1944) is an American actor. ... Wing Commander is a 1999 science fiction film based on the Wing Commander computer game series. ... In the fictional universe of Wing Commander, James Taggart is one of the most important characters, with the callsign of Paladin. He appears in all five games of the main continuity, as a senior pilot (Wing Commander I), a special operative (Wing Commander II), a general (Wing Commander III) and... Tchéky Karyo as Dmitri Mishkin in the James Bond film Goldeneye. ... Galaxy Angel is a bishōjo sci-fi/comedy anime, manga and dating sim series by BROCCOLI. It was created in July 2000, when Broccoli launched the multi-platformed project called The anime and Galaxy Angel Party manga comprise a comedy story in an alternate universe, while the games and... The character Takuto Meyers (タクト マイヤーズ pronounced Takuto Maiyaazu) is the protagonist of the manga and video game series, Galaxy Angel (He does not appear in the anime series at all). ...

See also

An Air Commodoress sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Commodore is the fourth most senior rank active in the Royal Air Force today, after the deactivation of Marshal of the Royal Air Force as a substantive rank in peacetime during defence cuts of the 1990s. ... Commodore is the lowest commissioned flag rank of Starfleet in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...

External links

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Commodore rank (911 words)
The military rank of commodore is used in some navies for officers who command more than one ship, but are not senior enough to be made admirals.
In 1783, commodores of the first class were allowed to wear the uniform of a rear admiral, a distinction which continued until the two classes of commodore were consolidated in 1958.
The rank title also lost its "line command" status when, in 1863, the chiefs of the Bureaus of Medicine and Surgery, Provisions and Clothing, Steam Engineering, and Construction and Repair were given the rank of commodore.
Military rank: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com (840 words)
A separate set of ranks was also used for secular, and occasionally ecclesiastic, rulers, as discussed in Ranks of nobility and peerage.
Within military organizations, the use of ranks is almost universal with the Chinese People's Liberation Army of the 1960s and 1970s being a rare example of a military which attempted (quite unsuccessfully) to abolish rank.
The use of formalized ranks came into widespread use with the Roman Legions, after the introduction of reforms by the consul Gaius Marius which were completed around 60 CE.
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