Nigerian Navy Ranks, Symbols


Nigerian Navy Ranks – If you’re curious about how the Nigerian Navy ranks its commissioned and non-commissioned officers, as well as how much each level pays, you’ve come to the correct place.

We’ll look at the many ranks in the Nigerian Navy, the insignia that signify each level, the pay paid to officers at each rank, and other information on the Nigerian Navy and its officers.

Nigerian Navy Ranks for commissioned officers

  1. Admiral of the Fleet
  2. Admiral
  3. Vice-Admiral
  4. Rear Admiral
  5. Commodore
  6. Captain
  7. Commander
  8. Lieutenant Commander
  9. Lieutenant
  10. Sub-Lieutenant
  11. Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  12. Mid-Shipman

Nigerian Navy Ranks for non-commissioned officers

  1. Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  2. Chief Petty Officer
  3. Petty Officer
  4. Leading Rating
  5. Able Rating
  6. Ordinary Rating
  7. Trainee

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Symbols/Insignia

The Nigerian Navy’s ranks and their matching emblems or insignias are depicted in the image below. With these insignias, a Nigerian Navy officer’s rank may be determined simply by looking at his shoulder, which is where the insignia is generally attached on their uniforms.

 Details of Each Rank

In case you need more details on each of the ranks in the Nigerian Navy, read more below.

Mid-Shipman: In the Nigerian Navy, this is the lowest rank for commissioned officers. It corresponds to the Nigerian Air Force’s Pilot Officer level and the Nigerian Army’s Second Lieutenant rank.

Sub-Lieutenant: This rank is below Lieutenant Commander and above Sub-Lieutenant. Lieutenant and Flying Officer, respectively, are the corresponding positions of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force.

Lieutenant: This corresponds with the rank of Captain in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Nigerian Air Force.

Lieutenant Commander: In the Nigerian Army, this equates to the rank of Major, and in the Nigerian Air Force, it refers to the rank of Squadron Leader. It’s the rank that comes after Lieutenant but before Commander. Note that the term “lieutenant” refers to a “assistant or deputy.”

Commander: This is the rank that comes after Lieutenant-Commander but before Captain. It corresponds to the Nigerian Army’s Lieutenant Colonel level and the Nigerian Air Force’s Wing Commander rank.

Captain: The Captain level is above the Commander and below the Commodore in the Nigerian Army, and corresponds to the Colonel position. The larger ships at sea are normally commanded by officers with the rank of Captain.

Commodore (Cadre): This is the rank above Captain and below Rear-admiral. It is equivalent to Brigadier in the Nigerian Army and Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force.

Rear-admiral: This is the next highest rank after Vice Admiral and before Commodore. Officers with the rank of two stars are known as 2-star officers. Rear admirals are the lowest-ranking officers in the “Admiralty ranks,” and they are also known as flag officers.

Vice-admiral: In the Nigerian Army, this rank is similar to Lieutenant General, and in the Nigerian Air Force, it is equivalent to Air Vice Marshal. It is a rank that falls between that of rear admiral and that of admiral. Officers at this level are referred to as 3-star officers.

Admiral (Adm): Technically, this is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy, as the only title above it is of a more honorary nature. The position is below Vice Admiral of the Fleet and above Vice Admiral of the Fleet. It is the Nigerian Army’s equivalent of General and the Nigerian Air Force’s equivalent of Air Chief Marshal.

Admiral of the fleet: This is the Nigerian Navy’s highest rank. Because it is more of an honorary post, it is rarely bestowed. In the Nigerian Air Force, it is equivalent to Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force, while in the Nigerian Army, it is similar to Field Marshal.

See also: Nigerian Navy Recruitment Form Closing Date 2021/2022 starting / Screening Date

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