Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Navy

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

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

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). The Prince Consort of Denmark held the rank of Admiral (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
Danish Pay Grade[1] M406 M405 M404 M403 M402 M401 M332
M331
M322
M321 M312 M311 M310

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

Naval Rank Flag of Denmark - Admiral

Admiralsflag

Naval Rank Flag of Denmark - Vice Admiral

Viceadmiralsflag

Naval Rank Flag of Denmark - Rear Admiral

Kontreadmiralsflag

Naval Rank Flag of Denmark - Flotilla Admiral

Flotilleadmiralsflag

Naval Rank Flag of Denmark - Chief of Squadron

Eskadrechefsstander

Enlisted

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
Danish Pay Grade[1] M232 M231 M221 M212 M211 M113 M112
Danish Navy rank insignia for seniormekaniker

Seniormekaniker
(Senior leading Mechanic)

Danish Navy rank insignia for overmekaniker af 1. grad

Overmekaniker af 1. grad
(Leading Mechanic 1st class)

Danish Navy rank insignia for overmekaniker af 2. grad

Overmekaniker af 2. grad
(Leading Mechanic 2nd class)

Danish Navy rank insignia for mekaniker

Mekaniker
(Mechanic)

Rank insignia of marinekonstabelelev of the Royal Danish Navy

Marinekonstabel uden tjenstegren
(Marinekonstabel with no branch of service)

Rank insignia of Værnepligtige of the Royal Danish Navy

Marineelev
(Seaman recruit)

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

RDN gunner service badge

Våben, Artilleri
(Gunner)

None

Våben, Mine
(Gunner, mines)

RDN torpedo service badge

Våben, Torpedo
(Torpedo)

RDN communication service badge

Kommunikation
(Communication)

None

Kampinformation
(Action information)

None

Administration
(Supplies and secretariat)

None

Elektronik
(Electronics)

None

Informatik
(Informatics)

None

Automatik
(Automatic)

None

Maskine
(Engineering)

None

Sanitet
(Medical)

None

Proviant/Forplejning
(Stores)

None

Militærpoliti
(Military Police)

Clerical personnel

Denmark-Navy-Dean

Naval Dean

Denmark-Navy-Chaplain

Naval Chaplain

Historical ranks

The sleeve insignia was first introduced in the Royal Navy in 1871 and was based around the British Royal Navy.[2] In order to become more standard, the admiral ranks were changed in 1951.[3]

Timeline of changes

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)
No equivalent Denmark-Navy-OF-9 (1882-1951).svg Denmark-Navy-OF-8 (1880-1951).svg Denmark-Navy-OF-7 (1880-1951).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
(1951 – 1970)
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Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Søløjtnant II
Denmark Denmark
(1970 – 2000)
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-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg
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)
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-O2.svg
Admiral Viceadmiral Kontreadmiral Flotilleadmiral Kommandør Kommandørkaptajn Orlogskaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant

References

  1. ^ a b "Historik". forpers.dk (in Danish). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ Balsved, Johnny (25 March 2006). "Uniformshistorie" [Uniform History]. Navalhistory.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ Balsved, Johnny (22 March 2008). "Distinktioner og gradstegn" [Rank Insignia]. Navalhistory.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 6 May 2018.
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