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List Of The 18 Nigerian Navy Ranks And Their Symbols

JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO Wednesday, November 3, 2021 Millitary

 

Introduction

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is a branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is among the largest navies on the African continent, consisting of several thousand personnel, including those of the Coast Guard. This article will provide information on the list of the 18 Nigerian Navy ranks and their symbols and also provide answers to questions as regards Nigerian Navy.

Brief History of the Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine. Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria, the Nigerian Marine, as it became known after 1914, was a quasi-military organization. This force expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893. A Northern Nigeria equivalent was formed in 1900. The two Marines were merged in 1914. Responsibilities included administration of the ports and harbours, dredging of channels, buoyage and lighting. It also operated ferry services, touring launches, and other small craft that plied the various creeks and other inland waterways. The first of these new organizations was the Nigerian Ports Authority, which was charged with the running of ports and ensuring safe navigation. The second organisation was the Inland Waterways Department, which took over the running of ferries and touring launches. The third organisation was the Nigerian Naval Force, made up mostly of reserve Royal Navy officers and ex-Service personnel who had been transferred to the Nigerian Ports Authority from the defunct Nigerian Marine. Its primary responsibility was to train the personnel and set up the appropriate infrastructure necessary for the planned Navy. The first basic training establishment for the future Navy, the HMNS Quorra was started on 1 November 1957 with 60 junior ratings, who underwent a 6-month basic seamanship course. In July 1959, the Nigerian Naval Force was transformed into a full-fledged Navy when Queen Elizabeth II granted permission for it to use the title 'Royal Nigerian Navy'. The title was changed to the ‘Nigerian Navy’ in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic. The constitutional task of the Navy was expanded in 1964 after the repeal of the 1958 Ordinance. The new law, known as the Navy Act of 1964, for the first time tasked the Navy with the 'naval defence of Nigeria'. Other tasks assigned to the Navy by the 1964 Act were essentially coast guard duties, namely: assisting in the enforcement of customs laws, making hydrographic surveys, and training officers and men in naval duties. These tasks were essentially routine functions of any navy. Consequently, the naval leadership began to mount pressure on the political leadership to re-define the constitutional role of the navy. In 1993, this pressure yielded the desired result and under a new law, Armed Forces Decree 105 (now known as the Armed Forces Act), was incorporated as part of the 1999 Constitution. The Nigerian Navy was given expanded military and constabulary roles, especially in the oil and gas sectors of the Nigerian maritime economy. Smaller combatants and patrol craft have also been extensively deployed against Boko Haram.

Nigerian Navy Ranks and their Symbols for both Commissioned and Non-Commissioned officers

  • Mid-Shipman of the Nigerian Navy

  • Mid-Shipman of the Nigerian Navy
    It corresponds with the rank of Pilot Officer in the Nigerian Air Force and the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army
  • Sub-Lieutenant of the Nigerian Navy

  • Sub-Lieutenant of the Nigerian Navy
    It is equivalent to Lieutenant and Flying Officer ranks in the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force respectively
  • Lieutenant of the Nigerian Navy

  • Lieutenant of the Nigerian Navy
    This corresponds with the rank of Captain in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Nigerian Air Force
  • Lieutenant Commander of the Nigerian Navy

  • Lieutenant Commander of the Nigerian Navy
    This corresponds with the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Squadron Leader in the Nigerian Air Force
  • Commander of the Nigerian Navy

  • Commander of the Nigerian Navy
    It corresponds to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force
  • Captain of the Nigerian Navy

  • Captain of the Nigerian Navy
    It corresponds to the Colonel rank in the Nigerian Army. Officers in the rank of Captain are usually in charge of largest ships at sea
  • Commodore (CDRE) of the Nigerian Navy

  • Commodore (CDRE) of the Nigerian Navy
    It is equivalent to Brigadier in the Nigerian Army and Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force
  • Rear-Admiral of the Nigerian Navy

  • Rear-Admiral of the Nigerian Navy
    They are referred to as 2-star officers. Rear admirals are the most junior officers among the “Admiralty ranks” and are sometimes referred to as flag officers
  • Vice-Admiral of the Nigerian Navy

  • Vice-Admiral of the Nigerian Navy
    This rank is equivalent to Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army and Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force. Officers at this rank are also called 3-star officers.
  • Admiral (ADM) of the Nigerian Navy

  • Admiral (ADM) of the Nigerian Navy
    This is technically the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy, as the only rank superior to it is more of a honorary type. It is equivalent to the rank of General in the Nigerian Army and that of Air Chief Marshal in the Nigeria Air Force
  • Admiral of the Fleet of the Nigerian Navy

  • Admiral of the Fleet of the Nigerian Navy
    This is the highest rank of the Nigerian Navy. It is rarely conferred, as it is more of a honorary position. It is equivalent to the rank of Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force and to the rank of Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army
  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer of the Nigerian Navy

  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer of the Nigerian Navy

  • Chief Petty Officer of the Nigerian Navy
  • Petty Officer of the Nigerian Navy
  • Leading Rating of the Nigerian Navy

  • Leading Rating of the Nigerian Navy
  • Able Rating of the Nigerian Navy
  • Ordinary Rating of the Nigerian Navy
  • Trainee of the Nigerian Navy

How many rank do we have in Navy?

In the U.S. Navy, ranks are comprised of three groups: Enlisted (E-1 through E-9), Warrant Officer (CWO-1 through CWO-5), and Commissioned Officers (CO-1 through CO-5), and Admiral ranks (CO-6 through CO-10; FADM.) The letter and number represent the rank title and paygrade of the Seaman.

How much is Nigeria Navy Seaman salary?

Seaman is Paid N58,000 monthly.

What are the functions of the Nigerian Navy?

It is responsible for Basic Operations Sea Training, Safety Operations Sea Training, and Consolidated Operations Sea Training of all Nigerian Navy ships when assigned. It also conducts harbour and ship acceptance trials of vessels after major refits.

What is the full meaning of Navy?

It means Nautical Army of Volunteer Yeomen.

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