NAVY SEAL Team Six Operational Deployments

Operation Urgent Fury

On October 13, 1983, the Grenadian Army, controlled by former Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard, overthrew the government of Grenada in a bloody coup d'état, creating a Communist regime. The severity of the violence, coupled with Coard's hard-line Marxism, caused deep concern among neighboring Caribbean nations, as well as in Washington, D.C. Adding to the US's concern was the presence of nearly 1,000 American medical students in Grenada.

The new leader of the Grenadian government, Maurice Bishop, aligned Grenada with Cubans, Soviets, and communist organizations. The Reagan administration reviled the leftist government for being too closely allied to Cuba and the Soviet Union. On October 25, Reagan decided to act and United States invaded the small island of Grenada.

SEAL Team Six's Assault Group Three was to conduct a static line drop with boats a few miles away from the Grenadian coast. One of two C-130 cargo planes transporting the SEALs to their drop point veered far off course. A rain squall accompanied by high winds broke out just before the SEALs conducted the drop. Four out of the eight SEALs that made the drop drowned and were never seen again. After the disastrous insertion, Assault Group Three was told to stand-by and began preparing for the next mission. The next mission was to go to the governor's mansion and secure Governor-General Paul Scoon, protect him and his family and move them out of the combat area. A second mission was to capture and secure Grenada's only radio station so that it couldn't be used by the local military to incite the population or coordinate military actions. There was almost no intelligence for either of these operations.

Governor-General's mansion

To reach the governor-general's mansion, the SEALs were flown in on Black Hawk helicopters that morning, and fast-roped to the ground while under fire. As they approached from the back of the mansion, the team found Scoon hiding. The SEALs then continued to clear the rest of the house and began to set up a perimeter to ensure security. Soon the mansion started to take fire from men armed with AK-47s and RPGs. As the incoming fire started to increase, Governor-General Scoon and his family were moved to a safer location in the house. After the incoming fire had decreased, three men wearing Cuban uniforms approached the mansion, all of them carrying AK-47s. The SEALs shouted for the three men to stop where they were. When the three men heard the yells, they raised their weapons. The SEALs opened fire on the Cubans and killed them almost instantly.

Soon afterward, two BTR-60PBs rolled up to the mansion's gates. One of the BTRs at the mansion's front gate opened fire. Just as the SEALs were about to fire a LAW anti-tank rocket, the BTR backed off and left with the other BTR. When the SEALs had inserted on to the compound, they left behind their long-range SATCOM radio on a helicopter. The only communications the team had were through MX-360 radios. The team used the radios to communicate with a SEAL command post on the island to call in air strikes. As the radios started to die, communications with the SEAL command post became weak. Once all the radios had finally died and the SEALs urgently needed air support, the SEALs used a regular house phone to call JSOC. JSOC was able to get an AC-130 Spectre gunship to hold station over the SEALs' position to provide air support.

When morning came, a group of Force Recon Marines arrived to extract the SEALs, Governor-General Scoon, and his family to a helicopter extraction point. As the team left the compound, they noticed splattered blood and discarded weapons all around. The helicopter finally arrived and extracted everyone to safety.

Radio station

Assault Group Three and another squad from SEAL Team Six flew to the radio station on a Black Hawk helicopter. The helicopter took small-arms fire on the insertion. Once the team unloaded, it overran the radio station compound. The SEALs were told to hold the station until Governor Scoon and a broadcast team could be brought in. After the team took control of the compound, it was not able to make radio contact with the SEAL command post. The SEALs set up a perimeter while they continued to try to make radio contact. As this was happening, a BTR-60 rolled up to the compound and 20 Grenadian soldiers disguised as station workers piled out. The soldiers carried weapons even in disguise. The SEALs ordered the soldiers to drop the weapons. The soldiers opened fire but were shot down almost instantly. Afterward the SEALs continued laboring to make radio contact when another BTR and three trucks were spotted coming towards the station.

The trucks carried a dozen soldiers each. The SEALs quickly conducted a defensive maneuver as the soldiers flanked the building. The BTR covered the front entrance with its 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine gun. The incoming fire on the SEALs position was becoming devastatingly heavy and the SEALs were running out of ammunition. The SEAL team knew that their only option was to change their original plan of holding the radio station and instead destroy the radio transmitter, and head to the water following their pre-planned escape route out behind the station across a broad meadow that led to a path that cut between cliffs and a beach. The meadow was terribly exposed to Grenadian fire. The team leapfrogged across the exposed ground and took heavy fire. The team finally reached the end of the field, cut through a chain-link fence and ran into dense brush. The SEALs quickly followed the path to the beach. One SEAL had been wounded in the arm. The Grenadians were still in pursuit, so the SEALs waded into the water and began swimming parallel to the shore until they found cliff ledges to conceal themselves. The SEALs remained hidden until long after the Grenadians had given up the search. Once the SEALs were convinced that the Grenadians had given up, the team jumped back into the water and swam out to sea. The SEALs were in the water close to six hours before a rescue plane spotted them and vectored a Navy ship to pick them up.

Operation Restore Hope

During Operation Restore Hope and Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, DEVGRU was a part of Task Force Ranger. TF Ranger was made up of operators from Delta Force, the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 160th SOAR, the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, and unknown number of SEALs from DEVGRU. Eric T. Olson, John Gay, Howard Wasdin, Homer Nearpass, and Richard Kaiser were the five SEALs that fought in the Battle of the Black Sea during the last mission of Operation Gothic Serpent to capture the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

Hunting war criminals, Bosnia

The NSWDG operated alongside other members of NATO's Implementation Force, such as its Army counterpart Delta Force and the British SAS. These units were tasked by The Hague with finding and apprehending persons indicted for war crimes (PIFWC) and returning them to The Hague to stand trial. Some of DEVGRU's PIFWC operations included apprehending Goran Jelisić, Simo Zaric, Milan Simic and Miroslav Tadic.

Operation Enduring Freedom

In Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), U.S. Special Operations forces have led the fighting. During the crucial Battle of Takur Ghar part of Operation Anaconda small teams of DEVGRU Tier One operators assigned to an Advanced Force Operations task force were tasked with establishing observation positions (OPs) on the high ground above the proposed landing zones of U.S. conventional forces. It was one of the most violent battles of Operation Anaconda. Late at night on March 2, 2002 a MH-47 Chinook helicopter piloted by the 160th SOAR was carrying a team of Navy SEALs from DEVGRU. The original plan was that the SEALs would be inserted at a point 1300 meters east of the peak, but circumstances led the SEALs to choose the summit of Takur Ghar itself as the insertion point. As the helicopter was nearing its landing zone both the pilots and the men in the back observed fresh tracks in the snow, goatskins, and other signs of recent human activity. Immediately, the pilots and team discussed a mission abort, but it was too late. An RPG struck the side of the aircraft, wounding one crewman, while machine gun bullets ripped through the fuselage, cutting hydraulic and oil lines. Fluid spewed about the ramp area of the helicopter. The pilot struggled to get the helicopter off the landing zone and away from the enemy fire. Neil C. Roberts, a SEAL operator, was poised to exit the ramp when the aircraft was hit and he slipped on the oil as the helicopter took off. He was thrown from the helicopter dropping about 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3.0 m) to the snowy ground below. Roberts immediately engaged Al-Qaeda forces with the weapons he carried including his M249 light machine gun, SIG Sauer 9mm pistol and grenades. He survived at least 30 minutes before he was shot and killed at close range.

Operation Neptune's Spear: Death of Osama bin Laden

On May 1-2, 2011, DEVGRU was involved in its most famous operation to date, the operation, codename Neptune's Spear, that killed Osama bin Laden at his compound in the affluent suburb of Abbottabad, Pakistan. In the 38-minute mission, there were no injuries or casualties to the team. The team practiced the mission "on both American coasts" as well as in a segregated section of Camp Alpha at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in early April 2011, using a one-acre replica of bin Laden's compound. Modified MH-60 helicopters from the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment carried Navy SEALs and were supported by other personnel with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers from Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan. It has been speculated that these helicopters may have spoofed transponder codes and been painted to resemble Pakistan Air Force equipment by other JSOC units, the Technical Application Programs Office and the Aviation Technology Evaluation Group. The raid involved close collaboration with the CIA. A May 1 memo from CIA Director Leon Panetta thanked the National Security Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, whose mapping and pattern recognition software was likely used to determine that Bin Laden lived in the compound with "high probability". Members of these agencies were paired with JSOC units in forward-deployed fusion cells to "exploit and analyze" battlefield data instantly using biometrics, facial recognition systems, voice print databases, and predictive models of insurgent behavior based on surveillance and computer-based pattern analysis. The raid force killed Bin Laden, his adult son, an unknown woman, and two couriers.

List of Royal Navy ships

This is a list of active Royal Navy ships, complete and correct as of 25 February, 2011.

In total there are 80 commissioned ships in the navy, including 3 which are permanently stationed, but not including one destroyer which has been delivered to the navy but not formally commissioned yet. 21 of the commissioned vessels are major fleet escorts (6 guided missile destroyers and 15 frigates) and 11 are nuclear powered submarines (4 ballistic missile submarines and 7 fleet submarines). In addition the Navy possesses an aircraft carrier, a helicopter carrier and 2 landing platform docks.

The 22 ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are not included in this list or above figures; additionally there are the minor vessels (tugs, etc) of the (now privatised) Marine Services.

Large fleet units – amphibious and carriers

Two Queen Elizabeth class supercarriers have been ordered and are to be a new generation of aircraft carrier to replace the three Invincible-class aircraft carriers. The two vessels are expected to cost £3.9 billion, will displace 65,000 tons and, although as of 2010 somewhat delayed, are planned to enter service from around 2016. The initial decision was that both would operate the STOVL variant of the F-35 Lightning II, however following the Strategic Defence and Security Review ordered by the Coalition Government in June 2010, it was announced that the first of the carriers will be fitted with catapults to operate the F-35C CTOL carrier variant. The second carrier will placed in extended readiness after its introduction to service. This leaves open the options to rotate them, to ensure a continuous UK carrier-strike capability; to re-generate more quickly a two-carrier strike capability, or to sell one of the carriers which would result in the UK to relying on cooperation with a close ally to provide continuous carrier-strike capability. In addition to this, a dedicated helicopter carrier, HMS Ocean, complements the aircraft carrier force.

The introduction of the four vessels of the Bay class of landing ship dock into the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 2006 and 2007, and the two Albion-class landing platform docks gave the Royal Navy a significantly enhanced amphibious capability. In November 2006 First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band said, "These ships represent a major uplift in the Royal Navy's war fighting capability."

Escort units

The escort fleet, in the form of frigates and destroyers, is the traditional workhorse of the Navy, and is also being updated. The 2010 fleet of five Type 42 destroyers are to be replaced with the much larger Type 45 destroyer class.

Six Type 45 destroyers are planned, of which 2 are in service, 1 is waiting to enter service and 3 are under construction as of 2010. Under the terms of the original contract the Navy was to order twelve vessels, but only the six will be constructed. The main role of the Type 45 destroyer is anti-air warfare; in order to fulfil this role, it will be equipped with the Sea Viper (formerly known as PAAMS) integrated anti-aircraft system which will fire Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles. The Type 45 will operate the highly sophisticated Sampson radar system that will be fully integrated into the PAAMS system. but have little anti-ship capability.

As soon as possible after 2020 the Type 23 will be replaced by Type 26 frigates, designed to be easily adapted to change roles and capabilities depending on the strategic circumstances".

The last frigate to enter service was the Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans in 2002. On 21 July 2004, in the Delivering Security in a Changing World review of defence spending, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced that three frigates of the fleet of sixteen would be paid off as part of a continuous cost-cutting strategy and were sold to Chile. Several designs have been created for a new generation frigate such as the Future Surface Combatant, which is now known as the Type 26 frigate. The Strategic Defence and Security Review of October 2010 stated "As soon as possible after 2020 the Type 23 will be replaced by Type 26 frigates, designed to be easily adapted to change roles and capabilities depending on the strategic circumstances". It proposed a surface fleet of 19 frigates and destroyers; there are 6 Type 45 destroyers in the fleet. It was announced in December 2010 that the remaining fleet of four batch 3 Type 22 frigates will be withdrawn from service by the end of April 2011.


Seven Astute class nuclear submarines are planned, with the first in service, three under construction, the fifth ordered, and the procurement process started for the sixth. The first, HMS Astute entered service in August 2010. These submarines are much larger than their predecessors, the Trafalgar class and are expected to displace 7,800 tons submerged. Six Trafalgar-class nuclear submarines are currently in service. In December 2006, plans were unveiled for a new class of four ballistic missile submarines to replace the Vanguard-class submarine, which is due to be replaced by 2024. This new class will mean that the United Kingdom will maintain a nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet and the ability to launch nuclear weapons.

Other vessels

At the beginning of the 1990s the Royal Navy had two classes of Offshore Patrol vessel, the Island class, and the larger Castle class. However, in 1997 a decision was taken to replace them. An order for three much larger offshore patrol vessels, the River class was placed in 2001. Unusually, the three River-class ships are owned by Vosper Thorneycroft, and leased to the Royal Navy until 2013. This relationship is defined by a ground-breaking Contractor Logistic Support contract which contracts the ships' availability to the RN, including technical and stores support. A modified River-class vessel, HMS Clyde, was commissioned in July 2007 and became the Falkland Islands guardship. The Royal Navy also has the Sandown-class minehunter and the Hunt-class mine countermeasure vessel. The Hunt class of 8 vessels are mine countermeasure vessels that combine the separate role of the traditional minesweeper and that of the active minehunter in one hull. If required, they can take on the role of offshore patrol vessels. The Royal Navy has a mandate to provide support to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), which comes in the form of the dedicated Antarctic Patrol Ship HMS Endurance. The four Hecla-class vessels were replaced by the survey vessel HMS Scott which surveys the deep ocean. The other survey vessels of the Royal Navy are the two multi-role ships of the Echo-class which came into service in 2002 and 2003.

Royal Navy Uniform

Present-day Royal Navy officers uniforms and ratings have several different uniforms; some are blue, others are white.

Royal Navy Officers Uniform

Ceremonial Day Dress

This is worn only by Admirals and Vice Admirals along with members of the Royal Family and consists of a tailcoat with white facing and gold edging worn with gold shoulder boards, black and gold belt and gold laced black trousers. It is worn at parades such as Lord High Admiral's Divisions (BRNC) or at state occasions. An example of such dress is from Lord High Admiral's divisions 2009.

Blue No. 1 dress

This is the formal uniform worn on ceremonial occasions. For officers it consists of a double-breasted, navy blue jacket; matching trousers; white shirt and black tie; peaked cap; and black leather shoes. It is divided into 1A (with medals and bearing arms), 1B (same as 1A, but without arms), and 1C (with medal ribbons). Female personnel may wear skirts except when carrying a sword or rifle.

Blue No. 2 dress

This mess dress is worn in the evenings for dining. 2A is the formal evening dress for ceremonial dinners; it consists of "ball dress with [a] white waistcoat (cummerbund for female officers) with miniature medals." 2B is "mess undress" for other mess functions, and is worn with either a cummerbund or black waistcoat and miniature medals. 2C, "red sea rig", is worn for informal evening wear on board ship; it consists of a white short sleeved shirt, with tropical boards, and a cummerbund.

Blue No. 3 dress

This is worn all year round for general duties; it consists of a white shirt with rank insignia on the shoulders, and appropriate headgear. For officers 3A dress includes a long-sleeved shirt and tie, while 3B includes a short-sleeved shirt without the tie.

No. 4 and No. 5 dress

These are specialist working uniforms. No. 4 is IAWD (Improved Action Working Dress) with flame retardant properties. They are worn as required for duties.

White No.1 dress

In the Tropics, officers wear on ceremonial occasions a short sleeved white tunic with an open collar; matching trousers; peaked cap; and white leather shoes.

White No.2 and No.3 dress

There are also white No. 2 and No. 3 dress which fulfil the same functions as their blue equivalents. Some white uniforms include shorts.

Royal Navy Ratings

Blue No. 1 dress

This is the formal uniform worn on ceremonial occasions. For ratings it is a traditional navy blue sailor suit. It is divided into 1A (with medals and bearing arms), 1B (same as 1A, but without arms), and 1C (with medal ribbons). Female personnel may wear skirts except when carrying a sword or rifle.

Blue No. 2 dress

This mess dress is worn in the evenings for dining. 2A is the formal evening dress for ceremonial dinners worn a white waistcoat and miniature medals." 2B is "mess undress" for other mess functions, and is worn with a cummerbund and miniature medals. 2C, "red sea rig", is worn for informal evening wear on board ship.

No. 4 and No. 5 dress

These are specialist working uniforms. No. 4 is IAWD (Improved Action Working Dress) with flame retardant properties. They are worn as required for duties.

White No.1 dress

In the Tropics this is the uniform worn on ceremonial occasions. For ratings it is a white version of the traditional sailor's suit.

White No.2 and No.3 dress

There are also white No. 2 and No. 3 dress which fulfil the same functions as their blue equivalents. Some white uniforms include shorts.

Royal Navy Rank Insignia

Royal Navy Officer Rank Insignia:
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7
United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK-Navy-OF10.svg RN-Adm-of-the-Fleet-shoulder.gif UK-Navy-OF9.svg RN-Admiral-shoulder.png UK-Navy-OF8.svg RN-VAdm-shoulder.gif UK-Navy-OF7.svg RN-RAdm-shoulder.png
Admiral of the
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral
Adm of the Fleet
Adm VAdm RAdm

NATO Code OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3
United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK-Navy-OF6.svg UK-Navy-OF5.svg UK-Navy-OF4.svg UK-Navy-OF3.svg
Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant-

Abbreviation Cdre Capt Cdr Lt Cdr

NATO Code OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK-Navy-OF2.svg UK-Navy-OF1.svg UK-Navy-OFD.svg UK-Navy-OFStudent.gif
Lieutenant Sub-
Midshipman Officer

Abbreviation Lt SLt or S/Lt Mid OC

Royal Navy ratings rank insignia:
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6
United Kingdom Royal Navy

OR9 RN Warrant Officer.gif OR8 RN Warrant Officer 2.gif OR7 RN Chief Petty Officer.gif OR5n6 RN Petty Officer.gif
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer
Abbreviation WO1 WO2 CPO PO
United Kingdom United Kingdom (Royal Marines)

OR9 RN Warrant Officer.gif OR8 RN Warrant Officer 2.gif

Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Colour Sergeant Sergeant
Abbreviation WO1 WO2 CSgt Sgt

OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
United Kingdom Royal Navy

No equivalent OR4 RN Leading Rate.gif No equivalent OR2 RN Able Rate.gif No equivalent

Leading Rate
Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman

United Kingdom United Kingdom (Royal Marines)

No equivalent

No insignia No equivalent

Corporal Lance Corporal Marine

Cpl L/Cpl Mne


Royal Navy of the United Kingdom

The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, founded in the 16th century, is the oldest of HM Armed Forces (and is therefore known as the Senior Service). From the 17th century until well into the 20th century it was the most powerful navy in the world, playing a key part in establishing the British Empire as the dominant world power from 1815 until the second third of the 20th century. In World War II the Royal Navy operated almost 900 ships. During the Cold War it was transformed into a primarily anti-submarine force, hunting for Soviet submarines, mostly active in the GIUK gap. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, its role for the 21st century has returned to focus on global expeditionary operations.

The Royal Navy is a blue-water navy and the second-largest navy of the NATO alliance, in terms of the combined displacement (approx. 450,000 long tons (460,000 t) (950,000 long tons (970,000 t) including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary) after the United States Navy. February 2011 there were 81 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy, including helicopter carriers, landing platform docks, ballistic missile submarines, nuclear fleet submarines, guided missile destroyers, frigates, mine counter-measures and patrol vessels. 16 vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) also contribute to the Royal Navy's order-of-battle. The Royal Navy's ability to project power globally is considered second only to the U.S. Navy. The Royal Navy maintains the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons.

The Royal Navy is a constituent component of the Naval Service, which also comprises the Royal Marines, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Marines Reserve. As of February 2011 the Royal Navy numbered approximately 38,190 Regulars and 3,600 Navy Volunteers. In addition, there were 19,560 Regular Reserves.

The Royal Navy is also supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, a civilian logistical support fleet which is owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence as part of the British Merchant Navy. The RFA primarily serves to replenish Royal Navy warships at sea, but also augments the Royal Navy's amphibious warfare capabilities through its three Bay-class LSDs (Landing Ship Dock).

Royal Navy
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg

Naval Ensign
Active 16th century - present
Country Kingdom of England (to 1707)
Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1800)
United Kingdom (1801–present)
Allegiance Queen Elizabeth II
Type Navy
Size Available manpower;
  • 38,190 Regulars
  • 3,600 Navy Volunteers

Reserve manpower;

  • 19,560 Regular Reserve

103 ships including RFA
131 Landing craft
200 aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm

Part of British Armed Forces
Naval Staff Offices Ministry of Defence Main Building, Whitehall
Motto Latin: Si vis pacem, para bellum
If you wish for peace, prepare for war
Colours Red and White
March "Heart of Oak"
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope
Aircraft flown
Attack Lynx
Patrol Merlin, Lynx, Sea King ASaC.7
Trainer Tutor, Hawk, Jetstream, Firefly
Transport Sea King

Russian Navy Ranks and Insignia

The Russian Navy inherited the ranks of the Soviet Navy, although the insignia and uniform were slightly altered.

The Russian armed forces have two styles of ranks:

  • Troop ranks (army-style ranks) and
  • Deck ranks (navy-style ranks).

The Army, Air Force and Airborne Forces use troop ranks. The Russian Navy uses deck ranks.

Rank titles are sometimes appended due to assignment, branch or status:

  • The ranks of servicemen assigned to a "Guards" unit, formation or ship are preceeded by the word “Guards”;
  • The ranks of servicemen in the legal, medical and veterinary branches are followed by “of Justice”, “of the Medical Service”, and “of the Veterinary Service”, respectively;
  • The ranks of servicemen in the reserve or in retirement are be followed by “of the Reserve” or “in Retirement”, respectively;
  • The rank descriptor "of Aviation" was officially abolished but is still commonly used.

The following table of navy ranks illustrates those of the Russian Federation. The English translation is given first, followed by the rank in Russian.

Russian Navy Officer Ranks

Commissioned Officers of the Russian Navy
NATO code equivalent OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5
Shoulder insignia² Rus Navy ADMF shoulder.png Rus Navy FADM shoulder.png Rus Navy VADM shoulder.png Rus Navy RADM shoulder.png Rus Navy CAP1 shoulder.png Rus Navy CAP2 shoulder.png
Title Admiral of the Fleet
(Адмирал флота)¹
Vice Admiral
Rear Admiral/Counter Admiral
Captain 1st Rank
(Капитан 1-го ранга)
Captain 2nd Rank
(Капитан 2-го ранга)

Commissioned Officers of the Russian Navy
NATO code equivalent OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Shoulder insignia² Rus Navy CAP3 shoulder.png Rus Navy CAPL shoulder.png Rus Navy SLTN shoulder.png Rus Navy LTNT shoulder.png Rus Navy JLTN shoulder.png
Title Captain 3rd Rank
(Капитан 3-го ранга)
Captain Lieutenant
Senior Lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Junior Lieutenant
(Младший лейтенант)
¹Rank unused, not awarded since Vladimir Masorin's retirement in 2007.
²Parade uniform colors (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.

Russian Navy Warrant Officers and Rates

Warrant Officers¹ and Rates of the Russian Navy
NATO code equivalent CW-2 WO-1 E-9 E-7
Shoulder insignia² Rus Navy CHWR shoulder.png Rus Navy WRNT shoulder.png Rus Navy MCPO shoulder.png Rus Navy CHPO shoulder.png
Title Chief Warrant officer/Midshipman
(Старший мичман)
Warrant officer/Midshipman
Chief Ship Petty Officer
(Главный корабельный

Chief Petty Officer
(Главный старшина)

Warrant Officers¹ and Rates of the Russian Navy
NATO code equivalent E-6 E-5 E-4 E-3
Shoulder insignia² Rus Navy PO1C shoulder.png Rus Navy PO2C shoulder.png Rus Navy LSMN shoulder.png Rus Navy SMAN shoulder.png
Petty Officer
First Class
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Petty Officer
Second Class
2 статьи)
Senior Seaman
(Старший матрос)
¹Warrant Officers ranks may be abolished soon.
²Parade uniform colors (black on gold) are the reverse of the duty uniform.