Commodore (Royal Navy)

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Please see Commodore (rank) for other versions of this rank.
Commodore insignia
Rank pennant

Commodore (Cdre) is a rank of the Royal Navy above captain and below rear admiral. It has a NATO ranking code of OF-6. The rank is equivalent to brigadier in the British Army and Royal Marines and to air commodore in the Royal Air Force.


A modern commodore's rank insignia consists of a 45-millimetre-wide band of gold lace, with a circle of 13-millimetre-wide lace 45 millimetres in diameter above.[1]


Modern commodores wear the insignia previously worn by commodores second class. Commodore has only been a substantive rank in the Royal Navy since 1997. Before then it continued to be an appointment conferred on senior captains holding certain positions.[2] For example, the senior commander of destroyers within a fleet in the Royal Navy could carry the title of "Commodore (D)", while the a fleet's senior commander of submarines could carry the title of "Commodore (S)", although in both cases as an appointment rather than a rank.


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  • [dead link] "Naval Service Uniform Regulations" Check |url= value (help) (PDF). Fleet Publications and Graphics Organisation. May 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2011.