Naval ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

The Navy of the Russian Federation inherited the ranks of the Soviet Navy, although the insignia and uniform were slightly altered. The navy predominantly uses naval-style ranks but also uses army-style ranks for some specialisations, including naval aviation, marine infantry, medical and legal.

Ranks and insignia - naval services

Officers

The following table of navy ranks illustrates those of the Russian Federation. The English translation is given first, followed by the rank in Russian.

Commissioned officers of the Russian Navy[1]
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Shoulder insignia[Note 1]
Sleeve insignia
Title Admiral of the Fleet
(Адмирал флота)[Note 2]
Admiral
(Адмирал)
Vice Admiral
(Вице-адмирал)
Counter Admiral
(Контр-адмирал)
Captain 1st Rank
(Капитан 1-го ранга)
Captain 2nd rank
(Капитан 2-го ранга)
Captain 3rd rank
(Капитан 3-го ранга)
Captain lieutenant
(Капитан-лейтенант)
Senior lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Lieutenant
(Лейтенант)
Junior lieutenant
(Младший лейтенант)
Officer cadet
(Курсант)

Warrant officers and ratings

Warrant officers[Note 3] and rates of the Russian Navy[1]

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Russia
(Edit)
No equivalent No equivalent
Senior Michman
Старший мичман
Michman
Мичман
Glavny starshina of the ship
Главный корабельный старшина
Glavny starshina
Главный старшина
Starshina 1st stage
Старшина 1 статьи
Starshina 2nd class
Старшина 2 статьи
Starshiy matros
Старший матрос
Seaman
Матрос

Ranks and insignia - ground and air services of the Navy

Officers

The following table of navy ranks illustrates those of the Russian Federation's naval infantry and shore establishment services. The English translation is given first, followed by the rank in Russian. Commissioned officers of the Russian Navy - ground and air services and support commands[1]

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Russia[Note 1]
Colonel general
(Генера́л-полко́вник)
Lieutenant general
(Генера́л-лейтена́нт)
Major general
(Генера́л-майо́р)
Colonel
(Полко́вник)
Lieutenant colonel
(Подполко́вник)
Major
(Майо́р)
Captain
(Капита́н)
Senior lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Lieutenant
(Лейтенант)
Junior lieutenant
(Младший лейтенант)

Warrant officers and other ranks

Warrant officers[Note 4] and other ranks of the shore services of the Russian Navy[1]

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Russia[Note 1] No equivalent No equivalent
Senior Praporshchik
Старший прапорщик
Praporshchik
Прапорщик
Starshina
Старшина[Note 5]
Senior sergeant
Старший сержант
Sergeant
Сержант
Junior Sergeant
Младший сержант[Note 6]
Starshiy matros
Старший матрос
Matros
Матрос

Rank titles are sometimes modified due to a particular assignment, branch or status:

  • The ranks of servicemen assigned to a "guards" unit, formation or ship are preceded by the word “guards”;
  • The ranks of servicemen in the legal, medical and veterinary branches are followed by “of justice”, “of the medical service”, and “of the veterinary service”, respectively;
  • The ranks of servicemen in the reserve or in retirement are followed by “of the reserve” or “in retirement”, respectively;
  • The rank descriptor "of aviation" was officially abolished but is still commonly used, common use of it, however, is being phrased out.

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 Parade dress uniform colours (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.
  2. Rank not awarded since Vladimir Masorin's retirement in 2007.
  3. Warrant officer ranks may be abolished soon[2] but the abolition began in 2009 in accordance with defense regulations, which were reversed in 2013
  4. Warrant officer ranks may be abolished soon[3] but the abolition began in 2009 in accordance with defense regulations, which were reversed in 2013
  5. Equivalent of Major Sergeant.
  6. Equivalent of corporal.

References

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