Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Navy

The ranks in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy are similar to those of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force, except that those of the PLA Navy are prefixed by 海军 (Hai Jun) meaning Naval Force or Navy. See Ranks of the People's Liberation Army or the article on an individual rank for details on the evolution of rank and insignia in the PLAN. This article primarily covers the existing ranks and insignia.

From 1956-65, similar insignia were used following the Soviet model, but unlike the Ground and Air Forces, PLAN ratings used shoulder boards for rank insignia. Line corps officers wore gold and blue shoulder boards on the dress uniform, staff corps officers white and blue. The duty uniform boards were a reverse of the dress uniform boards.

Current ranks

Officer ranks

The current system of officer ranks and insignia dates from 1988 and is a revision of the ranks and insignia used from 1955 to 1965. The rank of Hai Jun Yi Ji Shang Jiang (First Class Admiral) was never held and was abolished in 1994. With the official introduction of the Type 07 uniforms all officer insignia are on either shoulders or sleeves depending on the type of uniform used.

Title 海军学员
Hai Jun Xue Yuan
海军少尉
Hai Jun Shao Wei
海军中尉
Hai Jun Zhong Wei
海军上尉
Hai Jun Shang Wei
海军少校
Hai Jun Shao Xiao
海军中校
Hai Jun Zhong Xiao
海军上校
Hai Jun Shang Xiao
海军大校
Hai Jun Da Xiao
海军少将
Hai Jun Shao Jiang
海军中将
Hai Jun Zhong Jiang
海军上将
Hai Jun Shang Jiang
Usual Translation Officer Cadet
(OF-D)
Ensign
(OF-1)
Lieutenant (junior grade)
(OF-1)
Lieutenant
(OF-2)
Lieutenant Commander
(OF-3)
Commander
(OF-4)
Captain
(OF-5)
Commodore
(OF-6)
Rear Admiral
(OF-7)
Vice Admiral
(OF-8)
Admiral
(OF-9)
Shoulder Insignia
Collar Insignia
Sleeve Insignia

Enlisted and non-commissioned rates

The current system of enlisted ranks and insignia dates from 2009.[1]

Title 水兵
Shui Bing
海军上等兵
Hai Jun Shang Deng Bing
海军下士
Hai Jun Xia Shi
海军中士
Hai Jun Zhong Shi
海军上士
Hai Jun Shang Shi
海军四级军士长
Hai Jun Si Ji Jun Shi Zhang
海军三级军士长
Hai Jun San Ji Jun Shi Zhang
海军二级军士长
Hai Jun Er Ji Jun Shi Zhang
海军一级军士长
Hai Jun Yi Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Usual Translation Seaman Apprentice
(OR-1)
Seaman
(OR-2)
Petty Officer 3rd Class
(OR-3)
Petty Officer 2nd Class
(OR-4)
Petty Officer 1st Class
(OR-5)
Chief Petty Officer
(OR-6)
Senior Chief Petty Officer
(OR-7)
Master Chief Petty Officer
(OR-8)
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
(OR-9)
Shoulder Insignia
Collar Insignia

Historical ranks

Type 55 (Line corps)

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
China No equivalent
Grand Admiral
海军大将
Admiral
海军上将
Vice Admiral
海军中将
Rear Admiral
海军少将
Commodore
海军大校
Captain
海军上校
Commander
海军中校
Lieutenant Commander
海军少校
Lieutenant
海军大尉
Lieutenant Junior Grade
海军上尉
Sub-lieutenant
海军中尉
Ensign
海军少尉
Officer Cadet
海军准尉
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
China No equivalent
No equivalent
Chief petty officer
海军上士
Petty officer, first class
海军中士
Petty officer, second class
海军下士
Leading Seaman
海军上等兵
Seaman
水兵

References

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