Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Navy

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The Royal Danish Navy ranks follows the NATO system of ranks and insignia, as does the rest of the Danish Defence. Outside this ranking system there are physicians (who may wear the same insignia in the Army/Air Force but with a slight variation in the Navy), nurses and veterinarians, while priests and judicial personnel wear totally different insignia and are without rank.

Current ranks[edit]

Besides the NATO-system, the Danish defence utilizes its own system, which for the navy is as follows:

  • Military personnel, level 400 (M400): Executive level: OF-5 though OF-9
  • Military personnel, level 300 (M300): Operational level: OF-1 through OF-4
  • Military personnel, level 200 (M200): NCO level: OR-5 through OR-9
  • Military personnel, level 100 (M100): Seamen level: OR-1 through OR-4

Officers[edit]

The highest officer's rank is OF-9 (Admiral) which is reserved for the Chief of Defence (only when this seat is occupied by a naval officer) and the Prince Consort of Denmark (à la suite). Similarly, OF-8 (Vice-admiral) is reserved for the Vice Chief of Defence). OF-7 (Kontreadmiral) is used by the Chief of the Royal Danish Navy and OF-6 (Flotilleadmiral) by the chief of Danish Task Group as well as keepers of high-office positions. OF-4 and OF-5 are mainly chiefs of squadrons, schools and larger vessels. OF-1 through OF-3 are used in a variety of positions.

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Denmark Denmark
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Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Flotilleadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant

Furthermore, officers of between the ranks of OF-9 and OF-6, have their own standards.

Enlisted[edit]

The Danish OR's also follow the NATO system, though there are no OR-6's. OR-4 (Korporal) is the highest of the M100-level ranks is and not considered a NCO-rank.

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Denmark Denmark
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Rank insignia of Søværnschefsergent of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of chefsergent of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of seniorsergent of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of oversergent of the Royal Danish Navy.svg No equivalent Rank insignia of sergent of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of værnepligtig sergent of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of korporal of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of marinespecialist of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of marineoverkonstabel of the Royal Danish Navy.svg Rank insignia of marinekonstabel of the Royal Danish Navy.svg
Søværnschefsergent Chefsergent Seniorsergent Oversergent Sergent Værnepligtig Sergent Korporal Marinespecialist Marineoverkonstabel Marinekonstabel

The Branch of Service logos are placed in the middle of the ranks, to signify the service.

Clerical personnel[edit]

Historical ranks[edit]

The sleeve insignia was first introduced in the Royal Navy in 1871 and was based around the British Royal Navy.[1] In order to become more standard, the admiral ranks were changed in 1951.[2]

Timeline of changes[edit]

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Denmark Denmark
(1937 – 1951)
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Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Søløjtnant II
Denmark Denmark
(1951 – 1970)
Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg No equivalent Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Søløjtnant II
Denmark Denmark
(1970 – 2000)
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Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Flotilleadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Søløjtnant II
Denmark Denmark
(2000 – 2011)
Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Flotilleadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant
Denmark Denmark
(2011 – present)
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Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Flotilleadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balsved, Johnny (25 March 2006). "Uniformshistorie" [Uniform History]. Navalhistory.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  2. ^ Balsved, Johnny (22 March 2008). "Distinktioner og gradstegn" [Rank Insignia]. Navalhistory.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 6 May 2018.