Naval ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

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Insignia of the Russian Navy.

The Navy of the Russian Federation inherited the ranks of the Soviet Navy, although the insignia and uniform were slightly altered.

The Russian armed forces have two styles of ranks:

  • Troop ranks (army-style ranks) and
  • Deck ranks (navy-style ranks).

The Army, Air Force and Airborne Forces use troop ranks. The Navy dominantly uses deck ranks but also uses troop ranks for some specialties: naval aviation, marine infantry, medical, and legal.

Rank titles are sometimes appended due to 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.

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

Officer Ranks[edit]

Commissioned Officers of the Russian Navy[1]
NATO code equivalent OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Sleeve insignia RFNAVYSL-ADF.png RFNAVYSL-ADM.png RFNAVYSL-VAD.png RFNAVYSL-CAD.png RFNAVYSL-CP1.png RFNAVYSL-CP2.png RFNAVYSL-CP3.png RFNAVYSL-CPL.png RFNAVYSL-SLT.png RFNAVYSL-LTN.png RFNAVYSL-JLT.png
Shoulder insignia² Admiral flota 2013.png N-16.png N-15.png N-14.png N-13.png N-12.png N-11.png N-10.png N-9.png N-8.png N-7.png
Title Admiral of the Fleet
(Адмирал флота)¹
Admiral
(Адмирал)
Vice Admiral
(Вице-адмирал)
Rear Admiral/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)
First lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Lieutenant
(Лейтенант)
Sub lieutenant
(Младший лейтенант)
¹Rank not awarded since Vladimir Masorin's retirement in 2007.
²Parade dress uniform colors (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.

Warrant Officers and Rates[edit]

Warrant Officers¹ and Rates of the Russian Navy[1]
NATO code equivalent N/A (Discontinued) OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-1
Shoulder insignia² N8.svg N7.svg N6-starsh.svg N5-stsg.svg N4-sg.svg N3-mlsg.svg N2-stmatr.svg N1-matr.svg
Title Chief Warrant officer/Midshipman
(Старший мичман)
Warrant officer/Midshipman
(Мичман)
Chief Ship Petty Officer
(Главный корабельный
старшина)

Chief Petty Officer
(Главный старшина)

Petty Officer
First Class

(Старшина
1 статьи)

Petty Officer
Second Class

(Старшина
2 статьи)
Senior Seaman
(Старший матрос)
Seaman
(Матрос)
¹Warrant Officer ranks may be abolished soon[2] but the abolition began in 2009 in accordance with defense regulations
²Parade dress uniform colors (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Addenda to the Decree of the President of Russian Federation #531, Krasnaya Zvezda, 19 May 2005
  2. ^ Вооруженные силы РФ останутся без прапорщиков, retrieved 15 November 2008.