Ranks in Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy was established in 1958. It is a branch of the Nigerian Armed forces consisting of thousands of personnel, Coast guards, operational commands, logistics and training commands.

Nigerian Navy is responsible for the security of the Nigerian coasts and boarders.

Sometimes questions like

  • How many ranks are there in the Nigerian Navy?
  • What are the ranks for commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy?
  • What are the ranks for non commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy?
  • What is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy?
  • What is the lowest rank in the Nigerian Navy?
  • What are the Naval commands in the Nigerian Navy?
  • Which states make up the Nigerian Naval commands?

There are three Naval commands in Nigerian Navy and 12 ranks for commissioned officers and 7 for non commissioned officers.

The Nigerian Naval commands are:

The Western Naval Command

This command controls the sea and coastal areas from the Nigerian/Benin border Long 002o 49’ E to Long 006o E in Delta State. It also covers the Nigerian coastal areas to the boundary of the nation’s EEZ. Its headquarters is located in Apapa, Lagos State.

The Eastern Naval Command

This command has its headquarters located at Calabar, Cross River State. Its area of responsibility covers from the sea area from Long 006o E in Delta State to the Nigeria/Cameroon border at Long 008o 30’ E, and from the Nigerian coastline to the limit of the nation’s EEZ.

The Central Naval Command

This is the third operations command of the Nigerian Navy. It covers the Benin River entrance at Long 0050 00’E to the Santa Barbara River entrance at Long 0060 30’E, including Bayelsa, Delta and Edo coastal areas. It also takes care of the landward states in the nation. Its headquarters is in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

Ranks in Nigerian Navy are as follows

Commissioned officers

There are 12 ranks of commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy:

  • Admiral of the Fleet (Chief Of Naval staff)
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Mid-Shipman

Non-Commissioned Personnel officers

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

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