Comparative navy officer ranks of Africa

Rank comparison chart of navies of African states.

Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
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
Algeria Algeria
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No equivalent
15.PNA-LG 14.PNA-MG 13.PNA-BG 12.AlgNF-CAPT.svg 11.AlgNF-CDR.svg 10.AlgNF-LTC.svg 09.AlgNF-LT.svg 08.AlgNF-LTJG.svg 07.AlgNF-ENS.svg No equivalent
Vice
Admiral
Rear
Admiral
Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Commander
Lieutenant Lieutenant
(junior grade)
Ensign
Angola Angola
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No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg
Almirante da Armada Almirante Vice-almirante Contra-almirante Capitão de Mare Guerra Capitão de Fragata Capitão Teniente Tenente de Navio Tenente de Fragata Tenente de Corveta Sub-Tenente
Benin Benin
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No equivalent
Guinea-Navy-OF-5.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-4.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-3.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-2.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-1b.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Botswana Botswana No navy
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso No navy
Burundi Burundi No navy
Cameroon Cameroon
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No equivalent Cameroon-Navy-OF-9.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-8.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-7.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-6.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-5.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-4.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-3.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-2.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-1b.svg Cameroon-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
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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No equivalent 19.DRCN-ADM.svg 18.DRCN-VADM.svg 17.DRCN-RADM.svg 16.DRCN-CDRE.svg 15.DRCN-CAPT.svg 14.DRCN-CDR.svg 13.DRCN-LTC.svg 12.DRCN-LT.svg 11.DRCN-LTJG.svg 10.DRCN-ENS.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign
Equivalent
NATO code
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
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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No equivalent
16-ROCongo Navy-VADM.svg 15-ROCongo Navy-RADM.svg 14-ROCongo Navy-CDRE.svg 13-ROCongo Navy-CAPT.svg 12-ROCongo Navy-CDR.svg 11-ROCongo Navy-LCDR.svg 10-ROCongo Navy-LT.svg 09-ROCongo Navy-SLT.svg 08-ROCongo Navy-ENS.svg No equivalent
Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Djibouti Djibouti
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No equivalent
Djibouti-Navy-OF-6.svg Djibouti-Navy-OF-5.svg Djibouti-Navy-OF-4.svg Djibouti-Navy-OF-3.svg Djibouti-Navy-OF-2.svg Djibouti-Navy-OF-1b.svg Djibouti-Navy-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Egypt Egypt
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No equivalent Egypt Navy - OF09.svg Egypt Navy - OF08.svg Egypt Navy - OF07.svg Egypt Navy - OF06.svg Egypt Navy - OF05.svg Egypt Navy - OF04.svg Egypt Navy - OF03.svg Egypt Navy - OF02.svg Egypt Navy - OF01b.svg Egypt Navy - OF01a.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
Fariq awwal
(فريق أول)
Fariq
(فريق‎‎)
Liwaa'
(لواء‎‎)
'amid
(عميد)
'aqid
(عقيد)
Moqaddim
(مقدم)
Ra'id
(رائد‎‎)
Naqib
(نقيب)
Molazim awwal
(ملازم أول)
Molazim
(ملازم)
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg Unknown
Vice admiral
Vice almirante
Counter admiral
Contra almirante
Ship-of-the-line captain
Capitán de navío
Frigate captain
Capitán de fragata
Corvette captain
Capitán de corbeta
Ship-of-the-line lieutenant
Teniente de navío
Ensign
Alférez de navío
Ensign
Alférez de fragata
Ethiopia Ethiopia No navy
Gabon Gabon
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No equivalent 23.GN-ADM.svg 22.GN-VADM.svg 21.GN-RADM.svg 20.GN-CMDRE.svg 19.GN-CAPTFC.svg 18.GN-CAPT.svg 17.GN-CMDRFC.svg 16.GN-CMDR.svg 15.GN-LTCMFC.svg 14.GN-LTCM.svg 13.GN-LTFC.svg 12.GN-LT.svg 11.GN-SLTFC.svg 10.GN-SLT.svg 09.GN-ENS.svg Unknown
Amiral Vice-amiral d´escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau major Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de fregate major Capitaine de fregate Capitaine de corvette major Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe major Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Ghana Ghana
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No equivalent 15-Ghana Navy-ADM.svg 14-Ghana Navy-VADM.svg 13-Ghana Navy-RADM.svg 12-Ghana Navy-CDRE.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant
Guinea Guinea
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No equivalent
Guinea-Navy-OF-5.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-4.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-3.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-2.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-1b.svg Guinea-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
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No equivalent Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-9.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-8.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-7.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-6.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-5.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-4.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-3.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-2.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-1b.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-1a.svg Ivory Coast-Navy-OF-(D).svg
Amiral Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant
Kenya Kenya
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No equivalent Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Lesotho Lesotho No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
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
Liberia Liberia
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No equivalent
US Navy O6 shoulderboard.svg US Navy O5 shoulderboard.svg US Navy O4 shoulderboard.svg US Navy O3 shoulderboard.svg US Navy O2 shoulderboard.svg US Navy O1 shoulderboard.svg No equivalent
Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign
Libya Libya
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Vice admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
Fariq
(فريق‎‎)
Liwaa'
(لواء‎‎)
'amid
(عميد)
'aqid
(عقيد)
Moqaddim
(مقدم)
Ra'id
(رائد‎‎)
Naqib
(نقيب)
Molazim awwal
(ملازم أول)
Molazim
(ملازم)
Madagascar Madagascar
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No equivalent 19. Madagascar Navy - ADM.svg 18. Madagascar Navy - SVADM.svg 17. Madagascar Navy - VADM.svg 16. Madagascar Navy - RADM.svg 15. Madagascar Navy - CPT.svg 14. Madagascar Navy - CDR.svg 13. Madagascar Navy - LTC.svg 12. Madagascar Navy - LT.svg 11. Madagascar Navy - SLT.svg 10. Madagascar Navy - ENS.svg Unknown
Amiral Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Mali Mali No navy
Mauritania Mauritania
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No equivalent
14.Mauritania Air Force-MG.svg 13.Mauritania Air Force-BG.svg Mauritania-Navy-OF-5.svg Mauritania-Navy-OF-4.svg Mauritania-Navy-OF-3.svg Mauritania-Navy-OF-2.svg Mauritania-Navy-OF-1b.svg Mauritania-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Général de division Général de brigade Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Mauritius Mauritius No navy
Morocco Morocco
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No equivalent Morocco-Navy-OF-9.svg Morocco-Navy-OF-8.svg Morocco-Navy-OF-7.svg Morocco-Navy-OF-6.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg Unknown
Amiral Amiral d´escadre Vice amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vasseau-major Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de fregate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Mozambique Mozambique
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No equivalent
Mozambique-Navy-OF-9.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-8.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-7.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-5.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-4.svg Mozambique-Navy-OF-3.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg Unknown
Almirante Vice-almirante Contra-almirante Capitão de Mare Guerra Capitão de Fragata Capitão-tenente Primeiro-tenente Segundo-tenente Guarda-marinha
Namibia Namibia
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No equivalent
14-Namibia Navy-RADM.svg 13-Namibia Navy-RAJG.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman
Niger Niger No navy
Nigeria Nigeria
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Nigeria-Navy-OF-10.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-9.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-8.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-7.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-6.svg 10-Indian Navy-CAPT.svg 09-Indian Navy-CDR.svg 08-Indian Navy-LCDR.svg 07-Indian Navy-LT.svg 06-Indian Navy-SLT.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg No equivalent
Admiral of the
Fleet
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub
lieutenant
Midshipman
Rwanda Rwanda No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
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
Senegal Senegal
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No equivalent
None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent
Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Seychelles Seychelles
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No equivalent
Seychelles-Navy-OF-5.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-4.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-3.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-2.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-1b.svg Seychelles-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Acting Sub Lieutenant
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
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No equivalent
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg Canadian RCN OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy OF-1a.svg
Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
Somalia Somalia
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No equivalent
15-Somali Navy-MG.svg 14-Somali Navy-BG.svg 13-Somali Navy-COL.svg 12-Somali Navy-LTC.svg 11-Somali Navy-MAJ.svg 10-Somali Navy-CPT.svg 09-Somali Navy-1LT.svg 08-Somali Navy-2LT.svg Unknown
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
South Africa South Africa
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No equivalent Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Rear admiral
(junior grade)
Captain Commander Lieutenant
commander
Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Ensign Midshipman
South Sudan South Sudan No navy
Sudan Sudan
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No equivalent Sudan Navy - OF09.svg Sudan Navy - OF08.svg Sudan Navy - OF07.svg Sudan Navy - OF06.svg Sudan Navy - OF05.svg Sudan Navy - OF04.svg Sudan Navy - OF03.svg Sudan Navy - OF02.svg Sudan Navy - OF01b.svg Sudan Navy - OF01a.svg No equivalent
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
Fariq awwal
(فريق أول)
Fariq
(فريق‎‎)
Liwaa'
(لواء‎‎)
'amid
(عميد)
'aqid
(عقيد)
Moqaddim
(مقدم)
Ra'id
(رائد‎‎)
Naqib
(نقيب)
Molazim awwal
(ملازم أول)
Molazim
(ملازم)
Eswatini Swaziland No navy
Tanzania Tanzania
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Vice admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
Togo Togo
(Edit)
No equivalent
Togo-Navy-OF-5.svg Togo-Navy-OF-4.svg Togo-Navy-OF-3.svg Togo-Navy-OF-2.svg Togo-Navy-OF-1b.svg Togo-Navy-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Tunisia Tunisia
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg A VNN-OF-2.svg A VNN-OF-1B.svg A VNN-OF-1A.svg No equivalent
Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Uganda Uganda No navy
Zambia Zambia No navy
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe No navy
Equivalent
NATO code
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

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
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Asia
Europe
Oceania
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