Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Navy

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The ranks in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy are similar to those of the Chinese Army, formally known as 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.

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.

Rank image Name Usual translation
(Alternate translation)
U.S. Navy equivalent
(NATO rank code)
Royal Navy equivalent
(NATO rank code)
海军上将
Hai Jun Shang Jiang
Admiral Admiral
(OF-9)
Admiral
(OF-9)
海军中将
Hai Jun Zhong Jiang
Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
(OF-8)
Vice Admiral
(OF-8)
海军少将
Hai Jun Shao Jiang
Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
(OF-7)
Rear Admiral
(OF-7)
海军大校
Hai Jun Da Xiao
Commodore Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
(OF-6)
Commodore
(OF-6)
海军上校
Hai Jun Shang Xiao
Captain Captain
(OF-5)
Captain
(OF-5)
海军中校
Hai Jun Zhong Xiao
Commander Commander
(OF-4)
Commander
(OF-4)
海军少校
Hai Jun Shao Xiao
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
(OF-3)
Lieutenant Commander
(OF-3)
海军上尉
Hai Jun Shang Wei
Lieutenant Lieutenant
(OF-2)
Lieutenant
(OF-2)
海军中尉
Hai Jun Zhong Wei
Lieutenant (junior grade),
Sub-lieutenant
Lieutenant (junior grade)
(OF-1)
Sublieutenant
(OF-1)
海军少尉
Hai Jun Shao Wei
Ensign Ensign
(OF-1)
海军學員
Hai Jun Xue Yuan
Navy Officer Cadet/Navy Midshipman Midshipman
(OF-D)
Officer Cadet
(OF-D)

Enlisted and non-commissioned rates

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

Name Usual translation U.S. Navy equivalent
(NATO rank code)
Royal Navy equivalent
(NATO rank code)
海军一级军士长
Hai Jun Yi Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Command Master Chief Petty Officer
(OR-9)
Warrant Officer Class 1
(OR-9)
海军二级军士长
Hai Jun Er Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Master Chief Petty Officer
(OR-9)
海军三级军士长
Hai Jun San Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Senior Chief Petty Officer
(OR-8)
Warrant Officer Class 2
(OR-8)
海军四级军士长
Hai Jun Si Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Chief Petty Officer 4th Class Chief Petty Officer
(OR-7)
Chief Petty Officer
(OR-7)
海军上士
Hai Jun Shang Shi
Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer First Class
(OR-6)
Petty Officer
(OR-6)
海军中士
Hai Jun Zhong Shi
Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Second Class
(OR-5)
海军下士
Hai Jun Xia Shi
Petty Officer Third Class Petty Officer Third Class
(OR-4)
Leading Rate
(OR-4)
海军上等兵
Hai Jun Shang Deng Bing
Able Seaman
(Sailor First Class)
Seaman
(OR-3)
Able Seaman
(OR-3)
水兵
Shui Bing
Seaman
(Sailor)
Seaman Apprentice
(OR-2)
Ordinary Seaman
(OR-2)

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