Navy ranks of the DDR

The People's Navy was from 1960 to 1990, the name for the naval forces of the GDR. It was part of the armed forces of the National People's Army founded in 1956 and distinguished, as in most modern armed forces their grade designations of those of the army and air forces.

In the formation of the National People's Army (NVA) was transferred on 1 March 1956 from the VP Lake, the "Administration Naval Forces of the NVA" with at that time already nearly 10,000 men in the new naval forces. By resolution of the National Defense Council of the GDR on 19 October 1960, the naval forces of the NVA on November 3, 1960 was awarded in a large fleet parade the name People's Navy.

 

 

crews

- Matrose (Sailor)
- Obermatrose (Senior seaman)
- Stabsmatrose (Stick sailor)

crews of the NVA Navy

crews of the NVA Navy

Matrose (Sailor)(1), Obermatrose (Senior seaman)(2), Stabsmatrose (Stick sailor)(3)

 

 

 

boatmen

- Maat auf Zeit (Mate on time)
- Maat (mate)
- Obermaat auf Zeit (Upper mate on time)
- Obermaat (Upper mate)
- Meister (master)
- Obermeister (foreman)
- Stabsobermeister (Staff foreman)

 

Boatmen of the NVA Navy

Boatmen of the NVA Navy

Maat auf Zeit (Mate on time)(1), Maat (mate)(2), Obermaat auf Zeit (Upper mate on time) (3), Obermaat (Upper mate) (4), Meister (master)(5), Obermeister (foreman)(6), Stabsobermeister (Staff foreman)(7)

 

 

 

Officer cadets and officer cadet's schoolboys

- Fähnrichschüler (Officer cadet schoolboy)
- Fähnrich (Officer cadet)
- Oberfähnrich (Upper officer cadet)
- Stabsfähnrich (Stick officer cadet)
- Stabsoberfähnrich (Stick upper officer cadet)

 

Officer cadets and officer cadet's schoolboys of the navy of the NVA

Officer cadets and officer cadet's schoolboys of the navy of the NVA

Fähnrichschüler (Officer cadet schoolboy) (1), Fähnrich (Officer cadet) (2), Oberfähnrich (Upper officer cadet) (3), Stabsfähnrich (Stick officer cadet) (4), Stabsoberfähnrich (Stick upper officer cadet) (5)

 

 

 

Officers

- Offiziersschüler (Officer's schoolboy)
- Unterleutnant (second lieutenant)
- Leutnant (lieutenant)
- Oberleutnant (first lieutenant)
- Kapitänleutnant (Captain's second lieutenant)
- Korvettenkapitän (lieutenant commander)
- Fregattenkapitän (commander)
- Kapitän zur See (Captain at sea)

 

Officer's corps of the navy of the NVA

Officer's corps of the navy of the NVA

Offiziersschüler (Officer's schoolboy) (1), Unterleutnant (second lieutenant) (2), Leutnant (lieutenant) (3), Oberleutnant (first lieutenant)(4), Kapitänleutnant (Captain's second lieutenant) (5), Korvettenkapitän (lieutenant commander) (6), Fregattenkapitän (commander) (7), Kapitän zur See (Captain at sea) (8)

 

 

 

Admiralty

- Konteradmiral (rear admiral)
- Vizeadmiral (Vice Admiral)
- Admiral (admiral)
- Flottenadmiral (Commodore)

 

Admiralty of the navy of the NVA

Admiralty of the navy of the NVA

Konteradmiral (rear admiral)(1), Vizeadmiral (Vice Admiral)(2), Admiral (admiral)(3), Flottenadmiral (Commodore)(4)

 

 

 

 

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