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Naval ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation


Naval ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

The Navy of the Russian Federation inherited the ranks of the Soviet Navy, although the insignia and uniform were slightly altered. The navy predominantly uses naval-style ranks but also uses army-style ranks for some specialisations, including naval aviation, marine infantry, medical and legal.


  • Ranks and insignia 1
    • Officers 1.1
    • Warrant officers and ratings 1.2
  • See also 2
  • External links 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5

Ranks and insignia


The following table of navy ranks illustrates those of the Russian Federation. The English translation is given first, followed by the rank in Russian.

Commissioned officers of the Russian Navy[1]
NATO code equivalent OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Sleeve insignia
Shoulder insignia[Note 1]
Title Admiral of the fleet
(Адмирал флота)[Note 2]
Vice admiral
Rear admiral
Captain 1st Rank
(Капитан 1-го ранга)
Captain 2nd rank
(Капитан 2-го ранга)
Captain 3rd rank
(Капитан 3-го ранга)
Captain lieutenant
Senior lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Junior lieutenant
(Младший лейтенант)

Warrant officers and ratings

Warrant officers[Note 3] and rates of the Russian Navy[1]
NATO code equivalent OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2
Shoulder insignia[Note 1]
Title Senior michman
(Старший мичман)
Chief of the ship
(Главный корабельный старшина)

Chief petty officer
(Главный старшина)

Petty officer first class
(Старшина 1 статьи)

Petty officer second class
(Старшина 2 статьи)
Leading seaman
(Старший матрос)

Rank titles are sometimes modified due to a particular assignment, branch or status:

  • The ranks of servicemen assigned to a "guards" unit, formation or ship are preceded by the word “guards”;
  • The ranks of servicemen in the legal, medical and veterinary branches are followed by “of justice”, “of the medical service”, and “of the veterinary service”, respectively;
  • The ranks of servicemen in the reserve or in retirement are followed by “of the reserve” or “in retirement”, respectively;
  • The rank descriptor "of aviation" was officially abolished but is still commonly used.

See also

External links

  • Federal Law No. 58-FZ from March 12, 1998 "On military duty and military service" (in Russian)
  • Presidential Decree No. 531 from May 8, 2005 "On military uniform, rank insignia of the servicemen and state bodies' rank insignia" (in Russian)
  • Naval insignia on
  • Russian military


  1. ^ a b Parade dress uniform colours (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.
  2. ^ Rank not awarded since Vladimir Masorin's retirement in 2007.
  3. ^ Warrant officer ranks may be abolished soon[2] but the abolition began in 2009 in accordance with defense regulations


  1. ^ a b Addenda to the Decree of the President of Russian Federation #531, Krasnaya Zvezda, 19 May 2005
  2. ^ Вооруженные силы РФ останутся без прапорщиков, retrieved 15 November 2008.
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