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Captain (United States O-6)

 

Captain (United States O-6)

Portrait of a US Navy captain of the Submarine Warfare community serving as Chief of Staff to a flag officer

In the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, captain is the senior-most commissioned officer rank below that of flag officer (i.e., admirals). Reflecting its nautical heritage, it also sometimes used as a military "title" by more junior officers who are serving as the commanding officer (CO) of a commissioned vessel of the Navy or Coast Guard of patrol boat size or greater, while officers below O-6 commanding aviation squadrons (typically O-5 commanders) or shore activities will use the title of "skipper." (see rank vs. title)

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