Ranks of the british royal navy

The English Navy is one of the three branches of the British armed forces.
The Navy is divided into 5 troop units with different equipment and tasks:

- Surface Fleet
(Includes naval overwater warships)
- Submarine Service
(Includes the submarines of the Navy)
- Fleet Air Arm
(Includes Navy aircraft and helicopters)
- Royal Marines
(Includes Navy Navy Infantry with a troop strength of 7,000 men)
- Royal Fleet Auxiliary
(Includes Navy Auxiliary and Support Ships)


Team ranks of the British Navy

- New Entrant
- Able Rate


The team ranks run without badges.



Corporal ranks of the British Navy

- Leading Rate
- Petty Officer
- Chief Petty Officer
- Warrant Officer Class 2
- Warrant Officer Class 1


The ranks of the non-commissioned officers also run without badges.



Officer ranks of the British Navy

- Midshipman
- Sub-Lieutenant
- Lieutenant
- Lieutenant-Commander
- Commander
- Captain
- Commodore


Officer ranks of the British Navy

Officer ranks of the British Navy

Midshipman (1), Sub-Lieutenant (2), Lieutenant (3), Lieutenant-Commander (4), Commander (5), Captain (6), Commodore (7)


The Commodore is a tied to the post name for a senior captain, which is omitted after leaving the post.



Admiral ranks of the British Navy

- Rear Admiral
- Vice-Admiral
- Admiral
- Admiral of the Fleet

Admiral ranks of the British Navy

Admiral ranks of the British Navy

Rear Admiral (8), Vice-Admiral (9), Admiral (10), Admiral of the Fleet (11)


The rank of the Admiral of the Fleet is awarded only in case of war or honor.






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Rebuilding the Royal Navy: Warship Design Since 1945

Rebuilding the Royal Navy: Warship Design Since 1945 Paperback – October 24, 2012

This design history of postwar British warship development, based on both declassified documentation and personal experience, is the fourth and final volume in the author’s masterly account of development of Royal Navy’s ships from the 1850s to the Falklands War. In this volume the author covers the period in which he himself worked as a Naval Constructor, while this personal knowledge is augmented by George Moore’s in-depth archival research on recently declassified material.

The RN fleet in 1945 was old and worn out, while new threats and technologies, and postwar austerity called for new solutions. How designers responded to these unprecedented challenges is the central theme of this book. It covers the ambitious plans for the conversion or replacement of the bigger ships; looks at all the new construction, from aircraft carriers, through destroyers and frigates, to submarines (including nuclear and strategic), to minesweepers and small craft. The authors pay particular attention to the innovations introduced, and analyses the impact of the Falklands War.

At the start of the twenty-first century the Royal Navy is still a powerful and potent force with new and a number of innovative classes, both surface and subsurface, coming on stream. This book offers a fascinating insight into how the postwar fleet developed and adapted to the changing role of the Navy.

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Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy from the 15th Century to the Present

Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy from the 15th Century to the Present Hardcover – March 14, 2010

This is the fourth fully revised edition of a book first published in 1970. This longevity is testimony to its enduring value as a reference work—indeed, ‘Colledge’ (as the book is universally known) is still the first stop for anyone wanting more information on any British warship from the 15th century to the present day when only the name is known. Each entry gives concise details of dimensions, armament, and service dates, and its alphabetical and chronological arrangement makes it easy to track down the right ship (otherwise the Royal Navy’s tradition of re-using the same names can be misleading).

When originally published, the second of the two volumes was devoted to minor fighting ships, and hired and requisitioned vessels. For the 3rd edition, published in one volume, this material was omitted, but for this edition all the genuine fighting ships—like the numbered Coastal Forces craft—have been restored, resulting in a convenient but comprehensive single-volume listing of all significant vessels.

Since the death of Jim Colledge, who was widely respected for his pioneering research on the technical details of warships, his magnum opus has been updated, corrected and expanded with similar enthusiasm and attention to detail by Ben Warlow, a retired naval officer and author of a number of books in the field.

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British Destroyers and Frigates: The Second World War and After

British Destroyers and Frigates: The Second World War and After Reprint Edition

Since World War II the old categories of destroyer and frigate have tended to merge, a process that author Norman Friedman traces back to the radically different Tribal-class destroyers of 1936. This volume covers the development of all the modern destroyer classes that fought in the war. It looks at the emergency programs that produced vast numbers of trade protection vessels--sloops, corvettes, and frigates--and analyzes the pressures that shaped the post-war fleet and, until recently, dominated design.

Written by America's leading authority on naval construction, it is an objective but sympathetic view of the difficult economic and political environment in which British designers had to work, and benefits from the author's ability to compare and contrast the U.S. Navy's experience. Dr. Friedman is renowned for his ability to explain the policy and strategy changes that drive design decisions, and British Destroyers & Frigates uses previously unpublished material to draw a new and convincing picture of British naval policy over the previous eight decades. Successful with enthusiasts and professionals alike from its first publication in 2006, this is the book's third edition.

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A Tale of Two Navies: Geopolitics, Technology, and Strategy in the United States Navy and the Royal Navy, 1960-2015

A Tale of Two Navies: Geopolitics, Technology, and Strategy in the United States Navy and the Royal Navy, 1960-2015 Hardcover – January 15, 2017

A Tale of Two Navies is an analysis of the unique relationship between the United States Navy and the Royal Navy from 1960 to present. This loosely chronological study examines the histories, strategies, operations, technology, and intelligence activities of both navies. The special intelligence relationship is highlighted by unique knowledge and insights into the workings of U.S. and British intelligence.

Bringing his extensive experience in both navies to bear, Anthony Wells provides a revealing look at the importance of naval thinking -- how it impacts not only every level of naval activity, but also national defense as a whole. A Tale of Two Navies probes selective key themes and offers a discourse between the author and readers. Throughout, Wells challenges his reader to consider how the U.S. and the U.K. can best collaborate to advance their common strategic interests. This insightful look at the "special relationship" is especially relevant given emerging and increasing threats from China, Russia, and radical Islamist terror organizations.

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