Nigerian Navy Ranks And Their Salaries

Filed in Noisemakers by on May 21, 2019

Nigerian Navy Ranks, Nigerian Armed Forces has The Nigerian Navy as branch. The Nigerian Navy one of largest Navies on the African continent,

Nigerian Navy Ranks And Their Salaries

Nigerian Navy

Badge of the Nigerian Navy   Nigerian Navy Ranks And Their Salaries
Country Nigeria
Part ofMinistry of Defence
Nigerian Armed Forces
Motto(s)“Onward Together”
Fleet2 amphibious tank landing ships
1 frigates (inoperable)
2 offshore patrol vessels

2 corvettes
2 minesweepers
9 fast patrol boats
4 patrol cutters
4 corvettes
16 inshore patrol crafts

EngagementsNigerian Civil War
First Liberian Civil War
Sierra Leone Civil War
Conflict in the Niger Delta
Boko Haram insurgency
Invasion of the Gambia
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Muhammadu Buhari
Chief of Naval StaffVice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas
Naval ensignNaval Ensign of Nigeria. Nigerian Navy Ranks And Their Salaries
Naval ensign (1960–1998)Naval Ensign of Nigeria (1960–1998) Nigerian Navy Ranks And Their Salaries
Aircraft flown
TrainerAgusta Westland AW109

Nigerian Navy Ranks

there are 12 commissioned officers ranks in the Nigerian navy:

  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Midshipman

Here are the 7 non-commissioned officers ranks for the  in the Nigerian Navy,

  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee

The regular recruitment are the non-commissioned officers, while commissioned officers successful graduation from the Nigerian defense academy or recruitment via the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commissions (DSSC)


Commissioned officers & Their Badges / Insignia


Admiral of the fleet

Admiral of the fleet  been the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy.  Admiral of the fleet is similar to Field marshal (highest in the Nigerian Army) or Marshal (highest in the Nigerian Air Force).

Badge / insignia of Nigerian Naval Admiral of the fleet

Admiral (Adm)

Admiral is second in command to Admiral of the fleet;

Nigerian Navy Admiral badge / insignia

               Admiral badge / insignia


A vice admiral, It is similar to lieutenant general in the Nigerian Army and air marshal in the Air Force.

Nigerian Navy vice-admiral badge/insignia

vice-admiral badge/insignia

Rear admiral

Rear admiral is regarded as the lowest of the “admiral” ranks,

Nigerian Navy Rear Admiral badge / insignia

Rear Admiral badge / insignia

Commodore (Cdre)

Commodore is a naval commissioned officer rank above that of a navy captain,

Nigerian Navy Commodore badge / insignia

Commodore badge / insignia


A naval captain is similar in hierarchy to an Army colonel.

Captain badge/insignia

Nigerian Naval Captain badge/insignia

Commander (Cdr)

Commander (often abbreviated Cdr) is a senior officer rank,

Nigerian Navy Commander badge / Insignia

Commander badge / Insignia

Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant commander is a commissioned officer rank .

Nigerian Navy lieutenant commander badge / insignia

lieutenant commander badge / insignia


A lieutenant is a commissioned officer which is typically the most senior of junior officer ranks.

Nigerian Navy lieutenant commander badge / insignia

lieutenant commander badge / insignia


A sub-lieutenant is a naval commissioned officer,

Nigerian Navy Sub-Lieutenant badge / insignia

Sub-Lieutenant badge / insignia

Acting sub-Lieutenant

An acting sub-lieutenant is a naval officer who has passed the rank of midshipman,

Nigerian Navy Sub-Lieutenant badge / insignia

Acting Sub-Lieutenant badge / insignia


A midshipman is the most junior commissioned officer rank in the Nigerian Navy.

Nigerian Navy midshipman badge / insignia

midshipman badge / insignia

non-commissioned naval officers do not have any insignia (badges), and thats why Noisemakers have not indicated any.


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