Comparative navy enlisted ranks of Africa

Rank comparison chart of enlisted rank for navies of African states.

Enlisted

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Algeria Algeria
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06.AlgNF-MCPO.svg 05.AlgNF-SCPO.svg No equivalent 04.AlgNF-CPO.svg 03.AlgNF-PO2.svg 02.AlgNF-PO3.svg No equivalent 01.AlgNF-SMFC.svg No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer 3rd Class Petty Officer 2nd Class Seaman 1st Class Seaman
Angola Angola
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None.svg No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent None.svg None.svg No equivalent No insignia
Sargento-maior Sargento-ajudante Primeiro-sargento Segundo-sargento Cabo Primeiro-marinheiro Grumete
Botswana Botswana No navy
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso No navy
Burundi Burundi No navy
Cameroon Cameroon
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Cameroon-Navy-OR-9.svg Cameroon-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Cameroon-Navy-OR-6.svg Cameroon-Navy-OR-5.svg Cameroon-Navy-OR-4.svg Cameroon-Navy-OR-3.svg Cameroon-Navy-OR-2.svg Cameroon-Navy-OR-1.svg
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre de 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre de 2eme classe
Seaman
Matelot de 1ere classe
Seaman Apprentice
Matelot
Central African Republic Central African Republic No navy
Chad Chad No navy
Comoros Comoros No navy
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
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09.DRCN-WO.svg 08.DRCN-JWO.svg 07.DRCN-MCPO.svg 06.DRCN-CPO.svg 05.DRCN-PO1.svg 04.DRCN-PO.svg 03.DRCN-PO2.svg 02.DRCN-SMFC.svg 01.DRCN-SM.svg
Warrant Officer
Maître principal
Junior Warrant Officer
Premier maître-chef
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maître-chef
Chief Petty Officer
1ère maître
Petty Officer 1st Class
2ème maître
Petty Officer
Maître
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maître
Seaman 1st Class
1èr Matelot
Seaman
Matelot
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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07-ROCongo Navy-MCPO.svg 06-ROCongo Navy-SCPO.svg No equivalent 05-ROCongo Navy-CPO.svg 04-ROCongo Navy-PO1.svg 03-ROCongo Navy-PO2.svg 02-ROCongo Navy-PO3.svg 01-ROCongo Navy-SMN.svg No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre de 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre de 2eme classe
Seaman
Matelot brevet
Seaman Apprentice
Matelot
Djibouti Djibouti
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Djibouti-Navy-OR-9.svg Djibouti-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Djibouti-Navy-OR-6.svg Djibouti-Navy-OR-5.svg Djibouti-Navy-OR-4.svg Djibouti-Navy-OR-3.svg Djibouti-Navy-OR-2.svg Djibouti-Navy-OR-1.svg
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre se 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre se 2eme classe
Seaman 1st Class
Matelot brevet
Seaman
Matelot
Egypt Egypt
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None.svg None.svg No equivalent EgyptianNavyInsignia-StaffSergeant EgyptianNavyInsignia-Sergeant EgyptianNavyInsignia-Corporal No equivalent None No equivalent
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman
Mosa'id awwal
(مساعد أول)
Mosa'id
(مساعد)
Raqib awwal
(رقيب أول)
Raqib
(رقيب)
'arif
(عريف)
Jondi
(جندي)
Ethiopia Ethiopia No navy
Gabon Gabon
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08.GN-MCPOFC.svg 07.GN-MCPO.svg 06.GN-SCPO.svg No equivalent 05.GN-CPO.svg 04.GN-PO1.svg 03.GN-PO2.svg 02.GN-PO3.svg 01.GN-SFC.svg 00.GN-SMN.svg
Master Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
Maitre-principal major
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre se 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre se 2eme classe
Seaman 1st Class
Matelot brevet
Seaman
Matelot
Ghana Ghana
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No equivalent
04.Ghana Navy-CPO.svg 03.Ghana Navy-PO1 02.Ghana Navy-PO2 01.Ghana Navy-LSM No equivalent No insignia No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty officer second class Leading Seaman Able seaman Ordinary Seaman
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
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Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-9.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-6.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-5.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-4.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-3.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-2.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OR-1.svg
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre se 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre se 2eme classe
Seaman 1st Class
Matelot brevet
Seaman
Matelot
Kenya Kenya
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None None None None No equivalent None No equivalent No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Senior Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Liberia Liberia
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None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg Liberia-Navy-OR-3 Liberia-Navy-OR-2 No equivalent
Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class Seaman Seaman Apprentice
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Madagascar Madagascar
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09. Madagascar Navy - MCPO.svg 08. Madagascar Navy - SCPO.svg 07. Madagascar Navy - CPO.svg 06. Madagascar Navy - PO1.svg 05. Madagascar Navy - PO2.svg 04. Madagascar Navy - PO3.svg 03. Madagascar Navy - SFC 02. Madagascar Navy - SM 01. Madagascar Navy - SR No equivalent
Master Chief
Petty Officer
Senior Chief
Petty Officer
Chief Petty
Officer
Petty Officer
First Class
Petty Officer
Second Class
Petty Officer
Third Class
Seaman Seaman
Apprentice
Seaman
Recruit
Mali Mali No navy
Mauritania Mauritania
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Mauritania-Navy-OR-9.svg Mauritania-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Mauritania-Navy-OR-6.svg Mauritania-Navy-OR-5.svg No equivalent Mauritania-Navy-OR-3.svg No equivalent Mauritania-Navy-OR-1.svg
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre
Seaman
Matelot
Mauritius Mauritius No navy
Morocco Morocco
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Morocco-Navy-OR-9.svg Morocco-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Morocco-Navy-OR-6.svg Morocco-Navy-OR-5b.svg Morocco-Navy-OR-5a.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No insignia
Maître principal Premier maître Maître Second-Maître de 1ère classe Second-Maître de 2ème classe Quartier-maître de 1ère classe Quartier-maître de 2ème classe Matelot de 1ère classe Matelot
Mozambique Mozambique
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No equivalent
None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Intendente
Petty Officer 1st Class
Primeiro-sargento
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Segundo-sargento
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Primeiro Cabo
Seaman 1st Class
Segundo Cabo
Seaman
Marinheiro
Namibia Namibia
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06-Namibia Navy-WO1 05-Namibia Navy-WO2 04-Namibia Navy-CPO 03-Namibia Navy-PO No equivalent 02-Namibia Navy-LS 01-Namibia Navy-AB No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Niger Niger No navy
Nigeria Nigeria
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None Coat of arms of Nigeria None No equivalent None No equivalent British Royal Navy OR-4 No equivalent
No insignia
Navy Warrant Officer Master Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Ordinary Seaman
Rwanda Rwanda No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Senegal Senegal
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Senegal-Navy-OR-9.svg Senegal-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Senegal-Navy-OR-6 Senegal-Navy-OR-5 Senegal-Navy-OR-4 Senegal-Navy-OR-3 Senegal-Navy-OR-2 No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre se 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre se 2eme classe
Seaman 1st Class
Matelot brevet
Seaman
Matelot
Somalia Somalia
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07-Somali Navy-CWO.svg 06-Somali Navy-WO3.svg 05-Somali Navy-WO2.svg 04-Somali Navy-WO1.svg 03-Somali Navy-SGT No equivalent 02-Somali Navy-CPL 01-Somali Navy-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 3 Warrant Officer Class 2 Warrant Officer Class 1 Petty officer, first class Petty officer, second class Leading seaman Seaman
South Africa South Africa
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SAA-OR-9 SAA-OR-8 SAN-Navy-OR-7 SAN-Navy-OR-6 No equivalent British Royal Navy OR-4 No equivalent Trinidad and Tobago-Navy-OR-2 No equivalent
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Able seaman
South Sudan South Sudan No navy
Sudan Sudan
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Sudan Navy - OR08.svg None No equivalent Sudan Navy - OR06.svg Sudan Navy - OR05.svg Sudan Navy - OR04.svg None Sudan Navy - OR02.svg No insignia
Musaid awwal
Musaid
Raqib awwal
Raqib
Arif
Wakil arif
Jundi
Mustajidd
Eswatini Swaziland No navy
Tanzania Tanzania
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06-Tanzania Navy-WO1 05-Tanzania Navy-WO2 04-Tanzania Navy-SSG 03-Tanzania Navy-SGT No equivalent 02-Tanzania Navy-CPL 01-Tanzania Navy-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Afisa Mteule Daraja la Kwanza
Warrant Officer Class 2
Afisa Mteule Daraja la Pili
Chief petty officer
Sajinitaji
Petty officer, first class
Sajenti
Petty officer, second class
Koplo
Leading seaman
Koplo Usu
Seaman
Togo Togo
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Togo-Navy-OR-9.svg Togo-Navy-OR-8.svg No equivalent Togo-Armed-OR-6.svg Togo-Armed-OR-5a.svg Togo-Armed-OR-4.svg Togo-Armed-OR-3.svg Togo-Armed-OR-2.svg No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre de 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre de 2eme classe
Seaman
Matelot brevet
Seaman Apprentice
Matelot
Tunisia Tunisia
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Grade Marine tunisienne E8.png Grade Marine tunisienne E7.png No equivalent Grade Marine tunisienne E6.png Grade Marine tunisienne E5.png Grade Marine tunisienne E4.png Grade Marine tunisienne E3.png Grade Marine tunisienne E2.png Grade Marine tunisienne E1.png Grade Marine tunisienne E0.png
Maître principal Premier maître Maître Second-Maître de 1ère classe Second-Maître de 2ème classe Quartier-maître de 1ère classe Quartier-maître de 2ème classe Matelot breveté Matelot
Uganda Uganda No navy
Zambia Zambia No navy
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also

List of comparative military ranks

This article is a list of various states' armed forces ranking designations. Comparisons are made between the different systems used by nations to categorize the hierarchy of an armed force compared to another. Several of these lists mention NATO reference codes. These are the NATO rank reference codes, used for easy comparison among NATO countries. Links to comparison charts can be found below.

Military ranks and insignia by country
Africa
Americas
Asia
Europe
Oceania
Post-Soviet states
Commonwealth of Nations
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