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Italian Navy ranks

 

Italian Navy ranks

The rank insignia of the Italian Navy are worn on epaulettes of shirts and white jackets, and on sleeves for navy jackets and mantels.

Rank structure

Officers

Italian Navy ranks hierarchy
Category Admirals Senior officers Junior officers Naval
cadets

OF(D)
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 Subaltern officers

OF-1
summer uniform
(epaulette)

winter uniform
(cuff)
Italian rank name
ammiraglio1 ammiraglio
di squadra (i.s.)2
ammiraglio
di squadra

ammiraglio
di divisione

contrammiraglio
capitano
di vascello

capitano
di fregata

capitano
di corvetta

primo tenente
di vascello

tenente
di vascello

sottotenente
di vascello

guardiamarina aspirante
guardiamarina3

English rank name translation admiral squadron admiral (s.a.) squadron admiral divisional admiral counter admiral ship-of-the-line captain frigate captain corvette captain first ship-of-the-line lieutenant ship-of-the-line lieutenant ship-of-the-line sublieutenant navy guard aspirant
navy guard

Notes:
1 The rank of "ammiraglio" (admiral) is assigned to the only naval officer promoted as chief of the defense staff.

2 The rank of "ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali" (squadron admiral with special assignments) is assigned to the naval officer promoted as chief of the naval staff and/or as secretary of defense.

3 As officer designated, the rank of "aspirante guardiamarina" is comparable to the Royal Navy midshipman.

Non-commissioned officers

Category Sub-officers Ratings Enlisted
Role Marshals Sergeants Permanent service volunteers Temporary service volunteers
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
summer uniform
(epaulette OR-9/7 )
(shoulder mark OR-6/1)



Italian rank name



English rank name translation
primo
maresciallo
luogotenente


first
marshal lieutenant
primo
maresciallo



first
marshal
capo
di 1ª
classe


chief
1st
class
capo
di 2ª
classe


chief
2nd
class
capo
di 3ª
classe


chief
3rd
class
secondo capo
scelto

chosen
second chief
secondo capo



second chief
sergente



sergeant
sottocapo
di 1ª
classe
scelto


chosen
subchief
1st
class
sottocapo
di 1ª
classe


subchief
1st
class
sottocapo
di 2ª
classe


subchief
2nd
class
sottocapo
di 3ª
classe


subchief
3rd
class
sottocapo



subchief
comune
di 1ª
classe


commoner
1st
class
comune
di 2ª
classe1


commoner
2nd
class

Notes:
1No rank insignia, sailors just wears category or specialty badge, e.g. in this case the rating of "tecnico di macchine" (machinist's mate).

Bibliography

  • Decreto legislativo 15 marzo 2010 n.66

See also


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