Corvette captain

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Hierarchy of naval officer ranks
Flag officers:

Admiral of the navy
Admiral of the fleetFleet admiralGrand admiral
AdmiralGeneral admiral
Lieutenant admiralVice admiral
Counter admiralRear admiralSchout-bij-nacht
Commodore admiralFlotilla admiral
Admiral-superintendentPort admiral

Senior officers:

CommodoreFleet captain
Post captainCaptainCaptain at sea
Captain of sea and warShip-of-the-line captain
CommanderFrigate captain
Captain of the port

Junior officers:

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

Officers in training:

Passed midshipmanMidshipman
Naval cadet

Corvette captain is a rank in many navies which theoretically corresponds to command of a corvette (small warship). The equivalent rank in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and USA is lieutenant commander. The Royal Canadian Navy uses bilingual ranks with capitaine de corvette being the French equivalent of Lieutenant commander.

Notable users of the rank of corvette captain in Europe include the navies of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Other users include many Latin American countries.

While the NATO rank code is OF-3 the official translation of the rank as per NATO STANAG 2116 varies between "commander junior grade" and "commander" (with the next senior rank being translated as "commander senior grade").[1] Some NATO members class their corvette captains as OF-4 when they are serving afloat.[1]

The Russian/Soviet equivalent is "captain, 3rd grade" (капита́н 3-го р́анга).


Naval Ensign of Germany.svg
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shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German officer rank
Rank group Commissioned officers
Navy Korvettenkapitän
Army / Air Force Major
Army Major
Navy Lieutenant commander

Korvettenkapitän is an OF3 rank equivalent to the Major (en: Major) 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-3).[3]

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

junior Rank
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German Navy officer rank
senior Rank
(Warrant officer grad)


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

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