Naval ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

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The Navy of the Russian Federation inherited the ranks of the Soviet Navy, although the insignia and uniform were slightly altered. The navy predominantly uses naval-style ranks but also uses army-style ranks for some specialisations, including naval aviation, marine infantry, medical and legal.

Ranks and insignia[edit]


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

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 RAF N F9-AdmFlota sleeve.png RAF N F8-Admiral sleeve.png RAF N F7-VizeAdm sleeve.png RAF N F6-KontAdm sleeve.png RAF N F5-Kapitan-1st sleeve.png RAF N F4-Kapitan-2nd sleeve.png RAF N F3-Kapitan-3rd sleeve.png RAF N F2-KaptLt sleeve.png RAF N F1a-StLt sleeve.png RAF N F1b-Lt sleeve.png RAF N F1c-MlLt sleeve.png
Shoulder insignia[Note 1] RAF N F9-AdmFlota 2013–.png RAF N F8-Admiral 2010–.png RAF N F7-VizeAdm 2010–.png RAF N F6-KontAdm 2010–.png RAF N F5-Kapitan-1st 2010–.png RAF N F4-Kapitan-2nd 2010–.png RAF N F3-Kapitan-3rd 2010–.png RAF N F2-KaptLt 2010–.png RAF N F1a-StLt 2010–.png RAF N F1b-Lt 2010–.png RAF N F1c-MlLt 2010–.png
Title Admiral of the fleet
(Адмирал флота)[Note 2]
Vice admiral
Counter admiral
Captain 1st Rank
(Капитан 1-го ранга)
Captain 2nd rank
(Капитан 2-го ранга)
Captain 3rd rank
(Капитан 3-го ранга)
Captain lieutenant
Senior lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Junior lieutenant
(Младший лейтенант)

Warrant officers and ratings[edit]

Warrant officers[Note 3] and rates of the Russian Navy[1]
NATO code equivalent OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2
Shoulder insignia[Note 1] RAF N W2-StMichm 2010–.svg RAF N W1-Michm 2010–.svg RAF N R8-GlKorStarsh 2010–.svg RAF N R7-GlStarsh 2010–.svg RAF N R6-Starsh1st 2010–.svg RAF N R4-Starsh2st 2010–.svg RAF N R2-StMatros 2010–.svg RAF N R1-Matros 2010–.svg
Title Senior michman
(Старший мичман)
Chief of the ship
(Главный корабельный старшина)

Chief petty officer
(Главный старшина)

Petty officer first class
(Старшина 1 статьи)

Petty officer second class
(Старшина 2 статьи)
Leading seaman
(Старший матрос)

Rank titles are sometimes modified due to a particular 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.

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  1. ^ a b Parade dress uniform colours (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.
  2. ^ Rank not awarded since Vladimir Masorin's retirement in 2007.
  3. ^ Warrant officer ranks may be abolished soon[2] but the abolition began in 2009 in accordance with defense regulations