Kapitän zur See

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This article is about the German Marine Kapitän zur See. For the equivalent English-language naval rank, see Captain_(naval). For the use of this rank in other countries, see captain at sea.
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Kapitän zur See
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Rank insignia German officer rank
Introduction
Rank group Commissioned officers
Navy Kapitän zur See
Army / Air Force Oberst
NATO
equivalent
OF-5
Army Colonel
Navy Captain

Kapitän zur See (abbreviated KapzS or KZS) (English: captain at sea) is the highest senior officer rank (German: Stabsoffizier Rang) in the German Navy.[1]

Address[edit]

The official manner, according to ZDv 10/8, of formal addressing of military people with the rank Kapitän zur See is "Herr/Frau Kapitän zur See". However, in German naval tradition a Kapitän zur See will be addressed as "Herr/Frau Kapitän", or, often, in seamen´s language "Herr/Frau Kap'tän".

Rank insignia and rating[edit]

The rank insignia of a Kapitän zur See, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, is a five-pointed star above four stripes when worn on the sleeve. When worn as rank loops, typically on the shoulder, the star is omitted.

The rank is rated OF-5a[2] in NATO, and is equivalent to Oberst in the Heer and Luftwaffe. It is grade A16 or B3 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence and is senior to the OF-4 rank of Fregattenkapitän.

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German Navy officer rank
Junior rank
Fregattenkapitän
Kapitän zur See

(Flottenarzt)
Oberst

Senior rank
Flottillenadmiral

Volksmarine[edit]

Volksmarine
Shoulder strap
Sleeve lace
Kapitän zur See

Kapitän zur See in the Volksmarine of the GDR was the highest grade of the senior officer´s rank group, comparable to NATO-rank code OF-5. It was comparable to Oberstleutnant of the NPA land force and air force.

The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted silver braids with three gold pips on padding in a navy blue colour.

Cuff insignia consisted of one big stripe, and a five-point naval star above. In contradiction of Imperial German Navy tradition, where sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs, the Volksmarine cuff strips formed 40 % rings.

Junior rank
Fregattenkapitän
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(NPA rank)
Kapitän zur See
Senior rank
Konteradmiral

Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine[edit]

Nazi Kriegsmarine
Shoulder strap
Sleeve lace
Kapitän zur See

In the Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine, Kapitän zur See was the highest officer rank of the senior officer´s rank group. The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted silver braids with two gold pips (stars) on padding in navy blue colour. Cuff insignia consisted of four stripes, and a five-point naval star above. The sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs.

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group was as follows:

Junior rank
Fregattenkapitän
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(Kriegsmarine ranks)
Kapitän zur See
Senior rank
Kommodore

References[edit]

  1. ^ official rank table of the German Navy
  2. ^ STANAG 2116