Frigate captain

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Naval officer ranks
Flag officers:

Admiral of the fleetFleet admiralGrand admiral
AdmiralGeneral admiral
Vice admiralSquadron vice-admiralLieutenant admiral
Rear admiralCounter admiralDivisional admiral
CommodoreFlotilla admiral

Senior officers:

CaptainCapt at seaCapt of sea and warShip-of-the-line Capt
CommanderFrigate captain
Lieutenant commanderCorvette captain

Junior officers:

Captain lieutenantLieutenantShip-of-the-line lieutenant
Frigate lieutenantLieutenant (junior grade)Sub-lieutenant
Corvette lieutenantEnsign

Frigate captain is a naval rank in the naval forces of several countries.

It is, usually, equivalent to the Commonwealth/US Navy rank of commander.

Countries using this rank include Argentina and Spain (Spanish: capitán de fragata), France (French: capitaine de frégate), Belgium (Dutch: fregatkapitein), Italy (Italian: capitano di fregata), Brasil and Portugal (Portuguese: capitão de fragata) Croatia (Croatian: kapetan fregate ) and Germany (German: Fregattenkapitän) .

In the Royal Canadian Navy, capitaine de frégate is the official French language name for the rank of commander.

The NATO rank code is OF-4, the official translation for instance of the German Fregattenkapitän as well as the French capitaine de frégate into English is "commander senior grade".[1]

The Russian/Soviet equivalent is "captain of the 2nd rank" (капитан 2-го ранга)


Naval Ensign of Germany.svg
MDS 52 Fregattenkapitän Trp.svg MDJA 52 Fregattenkapitän Trp Lu.svg MA OG5 52 Fregattenkapitän.svg
shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German officer rank
Rank group Commissioned officers
Navy Fregattenkapitän
Army / Air Force Oberstleutnant
Army Lieutenant colonel
Navy Commander

Fregattenkapitän is an OF4 rank equivalent to the Oberstleutnant (en: Lieutenant colonel) in Heer and Luftwaffe.[2] The U.S. Navy's rank of Lieutenant commander is equal to Korvettenkapitän in NATO's military hierarchy (classed as OF-4).[3]

Rank insignia includes three stripes on shoulder boards (or rings on sleeves).

junior Rank
Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg
German Navy officer rank
senior Rank
Kapitän zur See


  1. ^ NATO STANAG 2116 of 25 February 2010
  2. ^ official rank table of the German Navy
  3. ^ NATO STANAG 2116