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Nigerian Navy Ranks: Order of Chain of Command in the Nigerian Navy

Nigerian Navy Ranks: Order of Chain of Command in the Nigerian Navy.

This is a follow up of our previous article about the ranks in the Nigerian Air Force. Nigerian Navy ranks its officers under two categories, they have the commissioned officers and the non-commission officers. Before i list the ranks in the Nigerian Navy (NN), i will digress a little and brief you about the history of the Nigerian Navy. nigerian navy ranks

About Nigerian Navy (NN).

Just like the NAF, the NN is another major branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is the sea branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces and has its headquarters in Abuja and three operational commands with headquarters in Lagos, Bayelsa, and Calabar.

The Nigerian Navy history and existence can be traced back to the Southern Nigerian Marine which was formed in 1893 and the Northern Nigeria Marine which was formed in 1900. They were merged together in 1914 to formed The Nigerian Marine after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria.

The responsibilities of the Marine were administration of the ports & harbours, dredging of channels, bouyage and lighting. It also operated ferry services, touring launches, and other small craft that plied the various creeks and other inland waterways.

Three new organizations were created out of the defunct Nigerian Marine,

  • The Nigerian Ports Authority, which was charged with the running of ports and ensuring safe navigation.
  • The Inland Waterways Department, which took over the running of ferries and touring launches.
  • 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.

Nigerian Navy was founded in 1958 as the Nigerian Naval Force, it was transformed into a full-fledged Navy when Queen Elizabeth granted permission for the Force to use the title “Royal Nigerian Navy”. It was then changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic. The incumbent Chief of Naval Staff is Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

The Nigerian Navy  motor is Onward Together.

Nigerian Navy Ranks Structure.

The NN ranks its officers as commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers. Below are the ranks in the Nigerian Navy.

Nigerian Navy Ranks – Commissioned Officers.

Below is the list of the ranks in the Nigerian navy for commissioned officers in Ascending order of Seniority. There are 11 ranks here.

  1. Mid-Shipman.
  2. Sub-Lieutenant.
  3. Lieutenant.
  4. Lieutenant Commander.
  5. Commander.
  6. Captain.
  7. Commodore.
  8. Rear Admiral.
  9. Vice Admiral.
  10. Admiral.
  11. Admiral of the Fleet.

Nigerian Navy Ranks – Non-Commissioned Officers.

There are 7 ranks in this category of the Nigerian Navy. They are listed below in Ascending order of Seniority.

  1. Trainee.
  2. Ordinary Rating (Seaman).
  3. Able Rating (Seaman).
  4. Leading Rating.
  5. Petty Officer.
  6. Chief Petty Officer.
  7. Warrant Cheif Petty Officer.

Admiral in the Nigerian Navy earn about N16 million naira a year. The Commander, Captain, and Commodore earn N3,380,086, N3,715,859 and N7,385,856 respectively annually.

There you have it on Nigerian Navy ranks, duties and salary. Stay tuned for information about Nigerian Navy recruitment & official website.

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