Royal Hellenic Navy rank insignia

This article contains the rank insignia of the Royal Hellenic Navy (until 1973).

WWI era

Officer ranks

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
Kingdom of Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent RHN-OF9-sleeve (WWI).svg RHN-OF8-sleeve (WWI).svg GR-Navy-OF7-sleeve.svg No equivalent GR-Navy-OF5-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF4-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF3-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF2-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF1b-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF1-sleeve.svg Unknown
Admiral
Ναύαρχος
Vice Admiral
Αντιναύαρχος
Rear Admiral
Υποναύαρχος
Captain
Πλοίαρχος
Commander
Αντιπλοίαρχος
Lieutenant-Commander
Πλωτάρχης
Lieutenant
Υποπλοίαρχος
Sub-Lieutenant
Ανθυποπλοίαρχος
Ensign
Σημαιοφόρος

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Kingdom of Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent
Master chief petty RHN-OR6 (WWI) RHN-OR5 (WWI) RHN-OR4 (WWI) RHN-OR3 (WWI) RHN-OR2 (WWI) No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer
Επικελευστής
Chief Petty Officer
Κελευστής
Petty officer, 1st class
Υποκελευστής Α'
Petty officer, 2nd class
Υποκελευστής Β'
Leading Seaman
Δίοπος
Able Seaman
Υποδίοπος
Seaman
Ναύτης

1936–1973

Officer ranks

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
Kingdom of Greece Kingdom of Greece RHN-Adm-of-the-Fleet-shoulder.SVGGR-RNavy-OF10-sleeve.svg RHN-Admiral-shoulder.svgRHN-OF9-sleeve (WWI).svg RHN-VAdm-shoulder.svgRHN-OF8-sleeve (WWI).svg RHN-RAdm-shoulder.svgGR-Navy-OF7-sleeve.svg RHN-Commodore-shoulder.svgGR-Navy-OF6-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF5-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF4-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF3-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF2-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF1b-sleeve.svg GR-Navy-OF1-sleeve.svg Unknown
Admiral of the Fleet
Αρχιναύαρχος
Admiral
Ναύαρχος
Vice Admiral
Αντιναύαρχος
Rear Admiral
Υποναύαρχος
Commodore
Αρχιπλοίαρχος
Captain
Πλοίαρχος
Commander
Αντιπλοίαρχος
Lieutenant-Commander
Πλωτάρχης
Lieutenant
Υποπλοίαρχος
Sub-Lieutenant
Ανθυποπλοίαρχος
Ensign
Σημαιοφόρος

1 The rank was instituted in 1939 for King George II, and was held only by his successors, King Paul and King Constantine II.

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Kingdom of Greece Kingdom of Greece RHN-OR9 (WWII).svg RHN-OR8 (WWII).svg Master chief petty RHN-OR6 (WWI) RHN-OR5 (WWI) RHN-OR4 (WWI) RHN-OR3 (WWI) RHN-OR2 (WWI) No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Ανθυπασπιστής Α'
Warrant Officer Class 2
Ανθυπασπιστής Β'
Master Chief Petty Officer
Επικελευστής
Chief Petty Officer
Κελευστής
Petty officer, 1st class
Υποκελευστής Α'
Petty officer, 2nd class
Υποκελευστής Β'
Leading Seaman
Δίοπος
Able Seaman
Υποδίοπος
Seaman
Ναύτης

See also

Greek military ranks

Modern Greek military ranks are based on Ancient Greek and Byzantine terminology, even though the ranks correspond to those of other Western armies. For example, ancient hoplite unit of approximately 100 men, the lochos, is today the name for a company of soldiers; its commander, as in ancient times, is a lochagos, while his lieutenants are called ypolochagoi — literally, "sub-captains" — a modern neologism. A sergeant is known as a lochias. A tagmatarchis (major) commands a tagma (battalion) and so forth. Thus, every officer or non-commissioned officer is in the land and air forces is generally named after the type of unit he commands, with the suffix -agos (from agein, "to lead") or -archos / -arches (from archein, "to rule").

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