Naval ranks and insignia of India
|Active troops||1,395,100 (2nd)|
|Reserve forces||2,142,800 (7th)|
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The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian Navy. These ranks generally correspond with those of Western militaries, and reflect those of the British military ranks.
Equivalent ranks of Indian military
|Indian Navy||Indian Army||Indian Air Force|
|Field Marshal||Marshal of|
the Air Force
|Admiral||General||Air Chief Marshal|
|Vice Admiral||Lieutenant General||Air Marshal|
|Rear Admiral||Major General||Air Vice Marshal|
|Commander||Lieutenant Colonel||Wing Commander|
|Lt. Commander||Major||Squadron Leader|
|Sub Lieutenant||Lieutenant||Flying Officer|
Junior commissioned ranks
|Subedar Major[Alt 1]||Master warrant officer|
|Subedar[Alt 2]||Warrant officer|
|Naib Subedar[Alt 3]||Junior warrant officer|
|Seaman 1||Lance Naik||Leading aircraftsman|
While the provision for the rank of Admiral of the Fleet exists, it is primarily intended for major wartime use and honour. No officer of the Indian Navy has yet been conferred this rank. Both the Army and Air Force have had officers who have been conferred with the equivalent rank – Field Marshals Sam Manekshaw and Cariappa of the Army and Marshal of the Indian Air Force (MIAF) Arjan Singh.
The highest ranked naval officer is the Chief of Naval Staff.
India uses the Midshipman rank in its navy, and all future officers carry the rank upon entering the Indian Naval Academy. They are commissioned Sub-lieutenants upon finishing their course of study. The Medical Officers use the prefix "Surgeon" with all the respective ranks, for example Surgeon Commander.
Rank Insignia of the Officers in INDIAN NAVY - Commissioned Officers
|OF-10||OF-9||OF-8||OF-7||OF-6||OF-5||OF-4||OF-3||OF-2||OF-1||OF(D) and student officer|
|Admiral2||Vice Admiral||Rear Admiral||Commodore||Captain||Commander||Lieutenant
|No equivalent||No equivalent
|Master Chief Petty Officer 1st Class||Master Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class||Chief Petty Officer||Petty Officer||Leading Seaman||Ordinary Seaman|
- 1 Honourary/Ceremonial/wartime rank. Has never been awarded.
- 2 Held only by the Chief of the Naval Staff
- Comparative military ranks
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