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Naval Rank


The naval rank system is a way of formally stating the hierarchy of a naval force. Each rank is meant to identify the experience and ability each person possesses.
The ranks of the German Kriegsmarine and the British Royal Navy.
KRIEGSMARINE
BRITISH ROYAL NAVY
Grossadmiral
Admiral of the Fleet
Generaldmiral
Admiral of the Navy
Admiral
Admiral
Vize-Admiral
Vice-Admiral
Konteradmiral
Rear-Admiral
Kommodore
Commodore
Kapitan zur See
Captain
Fregattenkapitan
 
Korvettenkapitan
Commander
Kapitanleutnant *
Lieutenant-Commander
Oberleutnant zur See
Lieutenant
Leutnant zur See
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Oberfahnrich zur See
Sublieutenant
Fahnrich zur See
Midshipman
Stabsbootsmann
Chief Warrant officer
Hauptbootsmann
Warrant officer
Oberbootsmann
Chief petty officer
Bootsmann
Petty officer
Obergefreiter
Leading seaman
Obermatrose
Able seaman
Matrose
Ordinary seaman
* Kaleu, Kaleunt - Diminutive forms of the naval rank Kapitanleutnant.
In addition to the German Kriegsmarine ranks some men of the Naval reserve or Merchant service served at the rank of Hilfsleutnant, or Auxiliary Leutnant. Some members of the Merchant service served at the rank of Acting Leutnant.
The Master of a merchant ship, in time of war is considered to hold the rank of Captain.
The spellings Leutnant and Lieutenant are used interchangeably in the text.

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