Ranks and Insignia of Indian Armed Forces: Indian Navy


The profession in Indian Armed Forces is a unique vocation of experts who are entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and interests of India. More than an indication of pay grade, The ranks provide a system of leadership that indicates a Soldier's level of expertise, responsibility and authority inside that profession. Regardless of rank, every Soldier has a significant role in the force.

Ranks provide a system of leadership that indicates a Soldier's level of expertise, responsibility and authority. As they say in Indian armed forces " You wear your heart on your sleeve and your resume on your uniform". Rank defines a soldier while Insignia is a distinguishing mark and a badge of authority or honor. Each wing of the Indian Armed Forces has a specific insignia , In this article we will discuss the rank and insignia of Indian Navy.

Ranks and Insignia are discussed in decreasing order of priority below.


COMMISSIONED OFFICER

ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET
Also known as Fleet Admiral, Admiral of the Fleet is a honorary five star rank of highest order. In many nations the rank is reserved for wartime or ceremonial appointments. No officer of the Indian Navy has yet been conferred this rank. The title admiral of the fleet can trace its origins to the Middle Ages, where the title was typically granted to a nobleman who was appointed by a monarch to raise and command a navy for a specific campaign.

ADMIRAL
Also known as the Chief of the Naval staff, It is the commander and highest-ranking officer in the Indian Navy. It is a four star rank. Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC is the current and the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He assumed the office on 31 May 2016.

VICE ADMIRAL 
The Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) is second in command of the Indian Navy. The office is held by a Three Star Officer in the rank of Vice Admiral. He is responsible for operation of naval related tasks. Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar AVSM, VSM is the current Vice Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.

REAR ADMIRAL
A Rear Admiral in Indian navy is  senior and two star rank naval officer, appointed in higher Naval commands.The rank insignia for a rear-admiral is two stars beneath crossed sword and baton, all surmounted by Emblem of India, worn on shoulder boards.

COMMODORE
Traditionally, "commodore" is the title for any officer assigned to command more than one ship at a time, even temporarily, much as "captain" is the traditional title for the commanding officer of a single ship even if the officer's official title in the service is a lower rank. As an official rank, a commodore typically commands a flotilla or squadron of ships as part of a larger task force or naval fleet commanded by an admiral.

CAPTAIN
This rank is equivalent to "Colonel" in Indian Army and "Group Captain" in Indian Airforce.

COMMANDER
Commander is a common naval and air force officer rank. Commander is also used as a rank or title in other formal organisations, including several police forces.

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
This rank is equivalent to "Major" in Indian Army and "Squadron leader" in Indian Air force.

LIEUTENANT
This rank is equivalent to "Captain" in Indian Army and "Flight Lieutenant" in Indian Air force.

SUB-LIEUTENANT
It is rank earned after getting commissioned into the force from the academy.


JUNIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER

MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER- 1st CLASS
A petty officer is a non-commissioned officer in the Indian Navy, equivalent to the NATO rank enlisted grade of OR-5.

MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER- 2nd CLASS
This rank is equivalent to "subedar" in Indian Army and "warrant officer" in Indian Air force.

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
This rank is equivalent to "Naib subedar" in Indian Army and "Junior warrant officer" in Indian Air force.

NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER

PETTY OFFICER
A petty officer is a non-commissioned officer in the Indian Navy, equivalent to the NATO rank enlisted grade of OR-5.

LEADING RATE
Leading Seaman is a junior non-commissioned rank or rate in indian navy and other Commonwealth countries. When it is used by NATO nations, Leading Seaman has the rank code of OR-4.

SEAMAN
An ordinary seaman (OS) is a naval rating of the deck department of a ship. The position is an apprenticeship to become an able seaman, and has been for centuries. In modern times, an OS is required to work on a ship for a specific amount of time, gaining what is referred to as "sea time". For centuries, the term ordinary seaman was used to refer to a seaman with between one and two years' experience at sea, who showed enough seamanship to be so rated by their captain.This rank is equivalent to sipahi in Indian Army and Aircraftsmen in Indian Air force.



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