Nigerian Navy Ranks, Symbols & Salary Structure (2019)


If you’re looking to know how the Nigerian Navy ranks its commissioned and non-commissioned officers and how much officers earn at each rank, then you’re just on the right page.

Here, we’ll be looking at different ranks in the Nigerian Navy, symbols representing each rank, salaries paid to officers at each rank, and other details that might interest you about the Nigerian Navy and its officers.

nigerian navy ranks

Nigerian Navy Ranks for commissioned officers

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

Nigerian Navy Ranks for non-commissioned officers

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

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary Structure

Nigerian Navy Rank Salary (per annum) Salary (per month)
Admiral ₦16,303,140 ₦1,358,595
Vice-Admiral ₦13,363,229 ₦1,113,602
Rear Admiral ₦12,038,945 ₦1,003,245
Commodore ₦7,385,856 ₦615,488
Captain ₦3,715,859 ₦309,655
Commander ₦3,380,086 ₦281,674

The above is a breakdown of Nigerian Navy salary per annum and per month. As expected the top officers earn the fattest salaries. From the rank of Rear Admiral, an officer’s salary crosses the N1m per month mark. Now, that’s cool money!

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Symbols/Insignia

Below is an image showing the ranks in the Nigerian Navy and their corresponding symbols or insignias. With these insignias, you can tell the rank of a Nigerian Navy officer by simply taking a quick glance at his shoulder — that’s where the insignia is usually attached on their uniforms.

nigerian navy ranks symbols insignia

Nigerian Navy Ranks: Details of Each Rank

In case you need more details on each of the ranks in the Nigerian Navy, read more below.

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Mid-Shipman: This is the junior most rank for commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy. It corresponds with the rank of Pilot Officer in the Nigerian Air Force and the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

Sub-Lieutenant: This rank is above Sub-Lieutenant and below Lieutenant Commander. Its equivalent ranks in the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force are Lieutenant and Flying Officer, respectively.

Lieutenant: This corresponds with the rank of Captain in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Nigerian Air Force.

Lieutenant Commander: This corresponds with the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Squadron Leader in the Nigerian Air Force. It is the rank above Lieutenant and below Commander. Note: The word “lieutenant” means “assistant or deputy.

Commander: This is the rank above that of Lieutenant-Commander and below that of Captain. It corresponds to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force.

Captain: Corresponding to the Colonel rank in the Nigerian Army, the Captain rank is above that of Commander and below that of the Commodore. Officers in the rank of Captain are usually in charge of largest ships at sea.

Commodore (Cdre): This is the rank above Captain and below Rear-admiral. It is equivalent to Brigadier in the Nigerian Army and Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force.

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Rear-admiral: This is the rank below that of a Vice admiral and above that of a commodore. They are otherwise referred to as 2-star officers. Rear admirals are the most junior officers among the “Admiralty ranks” and are sometimes referred to as flag officers.

Vice-admiral: This rank is equivalent to Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army and Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerain Air Force. It is above the rank of rear admiral and below the rank of Admiral. Officers at this rank are also called 3-star officers.

Admiral (Adm): This is technically the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy, as the only rank superior to it is more of a honorary type. The rank is above that of vice admiral and below Admiral of the fleet. It is equivalent to the rank of General in the Nigerian Army and that of Air Chief Marshal in the Nigeria Air Force.

Admiral of the fleet: This is the highest rank of the Nigerian Navy. It is rarely conferred, as it is more of a honorary position. It is equivalent to the rank of Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force in the Nigerian Air Force and to the rank of Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army.

Video: More on Nigerian Navy

If you’d like to know more about the Nigerian Navy beyond just the ranks, salary, and other information revealed above, then watch the video below, as it details the journey of the Nigerian Navy since it was created.



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    pls when will the aptitude test result will out

  2. Matthew

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  3. samuel sule

    pleas can i no when the exam date will might be?

  4. Stanley

    Please when is the screening (examination) starting?

  5. Stanley Ngene

    Please when is the screening (examination) starting?

  6. Onuh Abraham Ezekiel

    Pls inform me if exam date is out thanks

  7. Usman Yehuza

    2019 on point place notify me when is out

  8. Usman neziru

    Insah allahu Nigerian air force for real. itz your boy nezi son

  9. Iyede Simeon N.

    How many days does d aptitude takes?

  10. qhunlay

    Pls brth can anyone kwns the final date for 2017 recuitment

  11. abdulsamad

    insha Allah.. we.are coming by next.year…

  12. miraculus

    of I can’t miss this year most.. onward Together

  13. oluwatobi

    plz who have any idea abt d exam….my centre is at nns quorra

    1. David

      U which state did u chose if u don’t go and get there in time u have failed

  14. Muhammad


  15. Iliya

    What is one expected to take to the Examination Centre? What is the dress code please

  16. temi

    Please any information about the result of d aptitude test

  17. Victoranky

    How is the exam??

  18. ejioforchinonso michael

    mine is imo state


  19. Omokwagbe kelvin

    Pls guys any idea on how the question will be set

  20. Omokwagbe kelvin

    Hi guys pls do u have any idea on how the questions will look like

  21. williams utibe

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  22. christian ebuka n

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  23. Obi Clement Oti

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    1. George

      God is wit u

    2. Ademola Victor Adesanmi

      Amen, in Jesus name.

  24. Nwagbara ugochukwu Nkwachukwu

    May God see us through in this exam.i seriousley need it.AMEN

  25. Nwagbara ugochukwu Nkwachukwu

    Yap mine is also the same place

  26. Christopher George

    D centre 4 my screening exercise is Naval Base Warri… Is dia any person wit same centre as me??? I would lyk 2 b friends wit him or her…. My names are Christopher George 4rm Rivers state PH… 08126207073…. Gud luck 2 we all… We will b among d 3000 out of d 300000 by God’s grace



    1. martin


  28. HASSAN

    Pls can u til us are but nn exms

  29. ndipmpnguduak

    I need God presence on my exam day on 14 may 2016. may the good lord help everybody that is attainting the exam amen. I love u all.

  30. ndipmpnguduak

    I need God present on my exam day at ikot Abasi on 14 may 2016 .God pls help everybody that apply for this Nigerian navy this year. I love u all

  31. Iwuji ebere getrude

    Good night frnds…..

  32. Iwuji ebere getrude

    My own centre is owerri NTA, and i am staying in Aba…. Anyone here in the same centre with mine should add me on facebook… Iwuji ebere! Wishing luck to every one of us here, as naval candidates i pray that God almight will see us through in Jesus name, Amen!

    1. kingsley James

      I also pray God should see us through in Jesus name Amen
      we are
      we must
      we shall make it

    2. Stanley

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  33. Anthony kelechi

    My center is HQ DIV Nigeria Army ABAKPA BRAACKS ENUGU. Is any1 here with same center with me? Abge find me on facebook via this username Uzor Anthony Kelechi, lets talk.

    1. Ebuka christian

      The same center with me. How are you getting prepared

  34. Anthony kelechi

    What are the credentials requaid to come along with at the screning centers?

  35. Obedience

    You don’t need to have father in Navy or any person to scale through, believe in God.
    I will do my best and God will handle the rest…

  36. Obedience

    You don’t need to have father in Navy or any person to scale through, believe in God.

  37. Everest

    My center is owerrinta in abia state …pls do any body here have the past question paper

    1. Iwuji ebere getrude

      U have the same centre with mine

    2. Emmanuel

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  38. alamin yahaya

    the only things is pray, we have to keep doing praying this is the only things that we should do to make us perfect…?

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  41. abasikponke

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    1. ndipmpnguduak

      my center is there also by Ndipmong

  42. oyediran segun

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  43. Nditex david

    Pls is there anyone that hv past questions on navy


    What i have In mind wil never pass me by i will surely signing this year May God me

  45. Nditex david

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  46. Nditex david

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  47. Nditex david

    God let thy grace go with us in this training

  48. victor

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  49. abidemi

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  50. Adeyemi Ibrahim A.

    oh Allah accept me deal with you lead me through and let me achieve my aims as a Naval officer so shall it be Insha Allah

    1. Auwal


  51. ad moha

    What is d rank of naval trademen with nce



  53. Uchegod

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  54. deick

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    I neva knew people are dis desperate to join

    1. Oral Aquarius Beate

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    2. Amb.IUB

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  55. kelvin

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  56. teejazz4life

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    1. adewale

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    2. thank God

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  57. jibrin Suleiman pasko

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  58. barikui george

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  59. lolly

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    1. Navy G

      Thats in Igbokoda Forward Operational Base, Igbokoda, Ondo

      1. Awogbemi Abimbola

        my own centre is in Akure

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    3. Iwuji ebere getrude

      My own centre is owerri NTA, and i am staying in Aba…. Anyone here in the same centre with mine should add me on facebook… Iwuji ebere! Wishing luck to every one of us here, as naval candidates i pray that God almight will see us through in Jesus name, Amen!

    4. clement

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  62. Sadiq Musa Azare

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  63. goodluck

    hello everyone

    1. temple nelson okpulu

      Gud’pm my very gud’frnd hapi to meet u here am temple by name am, frm Ahoada west l.G.A rivers/state of nigeria, I applied for the Nigeria Navy this year 2016, we are praying for GOD to do the rest after which we have played our own part, gud’luck for any one Dat has been a part-taker of it, happy Sunday to u all bye…

  64. hope

    frends ! plz do any of u knw de type of exam we r coming to write, at the navy bass?

  65. Richard

    pls am Richard by name. can any1 tell me the names of naval, ranks and their post

  66. HAMMED


  67. Joseph

    on Saturday 9th of April 2016

  68. Emmanuel

    FRNdS pls pray for me am going to join navy dis year pls I realy need ur prayers for my exam oh lord no body but you help me ooooh

  69. haji

    any advice about people with tattoos on there body are accepted in the Nigerian navy

  70. princely

    God help me dis year 2016 at the end of this year I want to testify dat i made it as a naval officer, pls who knws the date in which 2016 recruitment exam is taking place

    1. Joseph

      9th of April 2016

  71. anthony4me18@gmail. com

    am one of applicant in Nigeria navy 2016 God pls see me true

    1. popoola idowu

      I’m also an Applicant….. Of being a Naval officer dis Уєαя……. Contact me on 08102181397 whatsup



  74. Jennifer HB

    Love nevy…and i know one day am gonna be a nevy officer and 100percent sure of that.

    1. Lucky

      Jenni Hw u … Will like to knw u better..

    2. nwanna Martins

      Hope you bought the form @ jennifer

    3. temple nelson okpulu

      Jennifer, happy Sunday am one of the Applicant have u hard any infromation abt this Navy… Temple of GOD by Name

  75. muhammadu lurwanu

    may almighty Allah bless Nigeria navy one day one time I may be there insha Allah up navy really love your type of job

  76. Abba yaro

    What’s is the rank of marine engineer ND level in Navy

  77. Com. Abdul Ganiu.B.A.T.

    I Com. Abdul Ganiu.B.A.T. Love Navy. I my like to be a navy one day thank, may god bless u all Navy


    What about the naval officer

    1. Naval officer is not a rank.
      Everyone in the Navy are called Naval Officers

  79. skills

    How about the naval officers

    1. Naval officer is not a rank.
      Everyone in the Navy are called Naval Officers

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