Italian Navy ranks

The rank insignia of the Italian Navy are worn on epaulettes of shirts and white jackets, and on sleeves for navy jackets and mantels.

Rank structure

Officers

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
Role Admirals Senior officers Junior officers Naval cadets
Italy Italy
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Shoulder rank insignia of ammiraglio of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of ammiraglio of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of ammiraglio di squadra of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of ammiraglio di squadra of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of ammiraglio di divisione of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of ammiraglio di divisione of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of contrammiraglio of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of contrammiraglio of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of capitano di vascello of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of capitano di vascello of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of capitano di fregata of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of capitano di fregata of the Italian Navy.svg
Shoulder rank insignia of capitano di corvetta of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of capitano di corvetta of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of primo tenente di vascello of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of primo tenente di vascello of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of tenente di vascello of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of tenente di vascello of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of sottotenente di vascello of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of sottotenente di vascello of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of guardiamarina of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of guardiamarina of the Italian Navy.svg Shoulder rank insignia of aspirante guardiamarina of the Italian Navy.svgRank insignia of aspirante guardiamarina of the Italian Navy.svg No equivalent
Ammiraglio
awarded only to the Chief of Defence Staff
Ammiraglio di Squadra con Incarichi Speciali Ammiraglio di Squadra Ammiraglio di Divisione Contrammiraglio Capitano di Vascello Capitano di Fregata Capitano di Corvetta Primo Tenente di Vascello Tenente di Vascello Sottotenente di Vascello Guardiamarina Aspirante Guardiamarina
English rank name translation Admiral squadron admiral (s.a.)
(lieutenant admiral (s.a.))
squadron admiral
(lieutenant admiral)
divisional admiral
(vice admiral)
counter admiral
(rear admiral)
Ship-of-the-line captain Frigate captain Corvette Captain First ship-of-the-line lieutenant Ship-of-the-line lieutenant Lieutenant junior grade Ensign Aspirant
navy guard

Special

NATO Code OF-7
Italy Italy Shoulder rank insignia of ammiraglio ispettore comandante of the Italian Coast Guard.svgRank insignia of ammiraglio ispettore comandante of the Italian Coast Guard.svg
Ammiraglio ispettore comandante di corpo
English rank name translation Admiral Inspector Chief of Corps

Notes:
1 The rank of "ammiraglio" (admiral) is assigned to the only naval officer promoted as chief of the defense staff.

2 The rank of "ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali" (squadron admiral with special assignments) is assigned to the naval officer promoted as chief of the naval staff and/or as secretary of defense.

3 As officer designated, the rank of "aspirante guardiamarina" is comparable to the Royal Navy midshipman.

Non-commissioned officers and ratings

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Role Marshals Sergeants Permanent service volunteers Temporary service volunteers
Italy Italy
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Shoulder rank insignia of primo maresciallo luogotenente of the Italian Navy.svg
Rank insignia of primo maresciallo luogotenente of the Italian Navy.svg
Shoulder rank insignia of primo maresciallo of the Italian Navy.svg
Rank insignia of primo maresciallo of the Italian Navy.svg
Shoulder rank insignia of capo di prima classe of the Italian Navy.svg
Rank insignia of capo di prima classe of the Italian Navy.svg
Shoulder rank insignia of capo di seconda classe of the Italian Navy.svg
Rank insignia of capo di seconda classe of the Italian Navy.svg
Shoulder rank insignia of capo di terza classe of the Italian Navy.svg
Rank insignia of capo di terza classe of the Italian Navy.svg
Rank insignia of secondo capo scelto of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of secondo capo of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of sergente of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of sottocapo di prima classe scelto of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of sottocapo di prima classe of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of sottocapo di seconda classe of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of sottocapo di terza classe of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of sottocapo of the Italian Navy.svg Rank insignia of comune di prima classe of the Italian Navy.svg No insignia
Luogotenente Primo Maresciallo Capo di Prima Classe Capo di Seconda Classe Capo di Terza Classe Secondo Capo Scelto Secondo Capo Sergente Sottocapo di Prima Classe Scelto Sottocapo di Prima Classe Sottocapo di seconda Classe Sottocapo di terza Classe Sottocapo Comune di Prima Classe Comune di Seconda Classe
English rank name translation sub-lieutenant
first
marshal
chief
1st
class
chief
2nd
class
chief
3rd
class
chosen
second chief
second chief sergeant senior chosen
subchief
1st
class
chosen
subchief
1st
class
subchief
2nd
class
subchief
3rd
class
subchief
commoner
1st
class
commoner
2nd
class

Notes:
1No rank insignia, sailors just wear category or specialty badge, in this case the rating of "tecnico di macchine" (machinist's mate).

Enlisted ratings introduced in 2018

Other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-7 OR-4
Shoulder board None.svg Rank insignia of secondo capo scelto qualif sp of the Italian Navy.svg None.svg
Italian Primo luogotenente q.s.[a] Secondo capo scelto q.s. Sottocapo di prima classe scelto q.s.
English Sub-lieutenant first class Chosen second chief
(special class)
Senior chosen subchief 1st class
(special class)

Notes

  1. ^ q.s. - (qualifica speciale - special rank)

Bibliography

  • Decreto legislativo 15 marzo 2010 n.66
  • "Riordino delle carriere del 27/02/2018" (PDF).

See also

Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy

The Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy (Italian: Capo di Stato Maggiore della Marina Militare) is the commander of the Italian Navy

Commander in Chief Naval Fleet

The Commander in Chief Naval Fleet (Italian:Il Comando in Capo della Squadra Navale) (CINCNAV) is a post in the Italian Navy that is responsible for the operational aspects of the Italian Navy, including ships, submarines and aircraft.

The post was established in 1952 and since 1972 has been based in Santa Rosa near Rome.

Corps of Naval Engineering

The Corps of Naval Engineering (Italian language: Corpo del genio navale) is part of the Italian Navy under the control of the Ministry of Defence.

Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard

The Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard (Italian language: Corpo delle Capitanerie di porto – Guardia costiera) is the coast guard of Italy and is part of the Italian Navy under the control of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Its head office is in Rome.

Francesco Morosini Naval Military School

The Francesco Morosini Naval Military School (Italian: Scuola militare navale "Francesco Morosini") is a military education college based in Venice operated by the Italian Navy and named after the great venetian Doge.

Boys and girls of an age between 15 and 18 years old, after having positively passed the admission process, are enrolled to attend the last three high school years. Cadets' military and vocational education is provided both by civil teachers and naval officers in order to promote, in addition to regular studies, interest and love for life at sea through various related activities like sailing, rowing, swimming etc., preparing them to their future careers.

Italian Air Force ranks

The rank insignia of the Italian Air Force are worn on jackets and mantels sleeves.

Italian Armed Forces

The Italian Armed Forces (Italian: Forze armate italiane) encompass the Italian Army, the Italian Navy and the Italian Air Force. A fourth branch of the armed forces, known as the Carabinieri, take on the role as the nation's military police and are also involved in missions and operations abroad as a combat force. Despite not being a branch of the armed forces, the Guardia di Finanza is part of the military and operates a large fleet of ships, aircraft and helicopters, enabling it to patrol Italy's waters and to eventually participate in warfare scenarios. These five forces have military status and are all organized along military lines, comprising a total of 346,800 men and women with the official status of active military personnel, of which 171,050 are in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The President of the Italian Republic heads the armed forces as the President of the High Council of Defence established by article 87 of the Constitution of Italy. According to article 78, the Parliament has the authority to declare a state of war and vest the necessary powers in the Government.

The Italian Armed Forces are in eighth place as best armed forces.

Italian Army ranks

The Italian Army ranks are the ranks used by the Italian Army and are worn on epaulettes of shirts. The Army of Italy contains levels of ranks showing both their officers' status and seniority as dedicated members of the Italian militia. Although altered throughout history, the current ranks stand as the lowest rank being "soldato semplice" and the highest rank being "generale". There are a total of 32 ranks within 7 categories. These categories include: temporary service volunteers, permanent service volunteers, sergeants, marshals, junior officers, senior officers, and generals.In order to clearly show an officer's rank as a form of identification and authority, insignia patches are worn by all members of the Italian army. Insignia patches are a sort of label worn on the epaulets of officers that sport different markings, such as stripes and stars, to show how highly ranked an individual is. These patches display a soldier's rank and position to their fellow officers as well as their identity on the battlefield. In each ranking category of officer, there is a trend in the symbols shown on their insignia patches. Each rank an individual rises he gains more detailed and recognizable symbols, these new symbols are most often an additional star or stripe added per higher rank achieved.

Italian Naval Academy

The Italian Naval Academy (Italian: Accademia Navale) is a coeducational military university in Livorno, which is responsible for the technical training of military officers of the Italian Navy.

Italian Navy

The Italian Navy (Italian: Marina Militare, lit. "Military Navy"; abbreviated as MM) is the Navy of the Italian Republic. It is one of the four branches of Italian Armed Forces and was formed in 1946 from what remained of the Regia Marina (Royal Navy) after World War II. As of August 2014, the Italian Navy had a strength of 30,923 active personnel with approximately 184 vessels in service, including minor auxiliary vessels. It is considered a multiregional and a blue-water navy.

Italian Navy Aviation

The Italian Navy Aviation (Aviazione Navale) is the naval air component of the Italian Navy. Composed of around 2000 men and women and 69 aircraft and helicopters, the naval aviation represents a top niche and an enabler for the air-naval instrument.

La Spezia Naval Base

La Spezia Naval Base is one of the Italian Navy's most important and historic bases. The base lies in the central-western zone of the Gulf of Spezia, close to the historic centre of La Spezia.

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.

Marshal (Italy)

The Italian military rank of maresciallo (marshal) is classified as a "sub-officer" and is the highest rank of non-commissioned officer in the Italian Armed Forces, higher than the rank of sergeant but lower than that of ensign/second lieutenant; there are from three to five grades within the rank, according to the different branches of the armed forces. The rank is achieved through merit or attending the Scuola Allievi Marescialli (School of Student Marshals). Marshal is an intermediate rank of the armed forces which is currently granted to NCOs with the training and technical competence to carry out specialised executive roles, and to command smaller and technically complex units.

Museo Storico Navale

The Museo Storico Navale is a naval history museum located in the Castello district of Venice, near the Venetian Arsenal. The museum was established by the Regia Marina (the Italian Royal Navy) in 1919. Its collections include items relating to the naval and maritime history of Venice, and it has a large number of ship models and weapons on display.

Rank insignia of the Carabinieri

The rank insignia of the Carabinieri are worn on jackets and shoulder boards of the dress uniform and on collar badges in the combat or patrol uniforms.

Rank insignia of the Guardia di Finanza

The rank insignia of the Guardia di Finanza are worn on jackets and shoulder epaulettes.

San Marco Marine Brigade

The "San Marco" Marine Brigade (Italian: Brigata Marina "San Marco") is an amphibious formation of the Italian Navy established on 1 March 2013, reorganizing the Navy Landing Force. It has its command in Brindisi. They are the marines of the Italian Navy.

It is a joint formation, framed within the amphibious projection force, whose Commander is the same Admiral who serves as Commander of the San Marco Brigade.

Technical Naval Museum at La Spezia

The Technical Naval Museum (Museo Tecnico Navale) in La Spezia is a naval museum mainly related to the Italian Navy. It is located at the main entrance of the Naval Arsenal.

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