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Encyclopedia > Royal Navy officer rank insignia
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
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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Admiral of the Fleet1 Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
Abbreviation Admiral of the Fleet Adm VAdm RAdm Cdre Capt Cdr Lt Cdr Lt S/Lt Mid O/C
  • 1 Rank in abeyance - appointments no longer made to this rank in peacetime.
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Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF10. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF9. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF8. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF7. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF6. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF5. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF4. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF3. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF2. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OF1. ... Image File history File links UK-Navy-OFD.svg Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Midshipman Ranks and insignia of NATO Navies Officers Template:Ranks and Insignia of NATO Navies/OF/United Kingdom User:Greentubing/Images-1 ... Royal Navy Insignia Admiral of the Fleet is a rank of the British Royal Navy and many other navies, the equivalent of Fleet Admiral in the United States Navy. ... Please see Admiral for other nations which use this rank Admiral is a senior rank of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, outranked only by the rank Admiral of the Fleet. ... Vice Admiral is a naval rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... 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. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... Insignia of a United States Navy Commander Commander is a military rank used in many navies but not generally in armies or air forces. ... In the Royal Navy, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, a lieutenant commander (lieutenant-commander or Lt Cdr in the RN) is a commissioned officer superior to a lieutenant and inferior to a commander. ... A Lieutenant is a military, paramilitary or police officer. ... A Lieutenant, Junior Grade, is a division officer in the United States Navy. ... A midshipman is a subordinate officer, or alternatively a commissioned officer of the lowest rank, in the navies of several English-speaking countries. ... The Naval Service is the maritime branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Image File history File links Naval_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... HMS Illustrious (R06), an Invincible class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy, and current flagship of the First Sea Lord. ... The Fleet Air Arm is the operational group of the Royal Navy responsible for the operation of the aircraft on board their ships. ... The Dolphins badge, issued to all British submariners on completion of training. ... Her Majestys Royal Marines, also known as the Royal Marines (RM), are the United Kingdoms amphibious force and Naval Infantry. ... The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is the service that keeps the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom running around the world. ... The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The British Royal Navy does not have a well-defined moment of formation; it started out as a motley assortment of Kings ships during the Middle Ages, assembled only as needed and then dispersed, began to take shape as a standing navy during the 16th century, and became a... At the beginning of the 1990s, the Royal Navy was a force designed for the Cold War - with its three ASW aircraft carriers and a force of small frigates and destroyers, its purpose was to search for and destroy Soviet submarines in the North Atlantic. ... This is a list of the current Royal Navy ships, complete and correct as of 2005. ... Although the majority of the Royal Navy fleet, unless required, remains training and exercising in and around Home Waters, the Navy has a number of standing commitments, including those held for contingent operations, to provide ships for various missions around the world: // Fleet Flagship and R2 Carrier Normally two aircraft... The following is a list of Royal Navy ship names by name in alphabetical order, both past and present. ... Old Admiralty House, Whitehall, London, Thomas Ripley, architect, 1723-26, was not admired by his contemporaries and earned him some scathing couplets from Alexander Pope The Admiralty was historically the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... This is a list of senior officers of the Royal Navy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Insignia for officers was first introduced in 1748, with differences in rank being seen in the cut of the lapels and the cuffs. Over the Victorian era the uniforms gradually evolved, and the ceremonial dress has stayed more or less the same throughout the 20th century to the present day. Victorian can refer to: people from or attributes of places called Victoria (disambiguation page), including Victoria, Australia, people who lived during the British Victorian era of the 19th century, and aspects of the Victorian era, for example: Victorian architecture Victorian fashion Victorian morality Victorian literature This is a disambiguation page...

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Royal Navy official webpage on uniforms



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