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Canadian Forces Navy
Forces canadiens marine
Rank Insignia/Insignes de Grade
1968-Present

(
Technically the "sea element" of the Canadian Armed Forces, a bilingual unified service.)



Rank
Code
Rank
description notes
Rank Title - English
Rank Title – French
Insignia

NATO codes National rank grade information
As a bilingual service, all ranks have two titles English/French Shoulder Slip-ons or Shoulder Boards
Enlisted  (called Non Commissioned Members  / Militaires du rang (Marine) in the CAF)
NAEM-1 All CF enlisted are called Non Commissioned Members/ Militaires du rang (Marine)

This rank is held during basic training only.

Recruit

Matelot recure

NAEM-2 All CF enlisted are called Non Commissioned Members/ Militaires du rang (Marine)

This rank is held during basic trade qualification training.

Ordinary Seaman
(OS)

Matelot de 3e classe (mat 3)

NAEM-3   Able Seaman
(AB)

Matelot de 2e classe (mat 2)

NAEM-4   Leading Seaman
(LS)

Matelot de 1re classe (mat 1)

NAEM-5 In the CF, Master Seaman is considered the starting NCO rank Master Seaman
(MS)

Matelot -chef
(matc)

NAEM-6   Petty Officer 2nd class
(PO2)

maître de 2e classe
(m 2)

NAEM-7   Petty Officer 1st class
(PO1)

maître de 1re classe
(m 1)

NAEM-8   Chief Petty Officer 2nd class
(CPO2)

Premier maître de 2e classe
(pm 2)

NAEM-9 Typical assignments include Ship's Coxswain, Department CPO, Base CPO, Command CPO Chief Petty Officer 1st class
(CPO1)

Premier maître de 1re classe
(pm 1)

Officer Candidates
NAOC-1 In the CF, these are considered Subordinate Officers / Officiers subordonnés (Marine) Officer Cadet
(OCdt)
Élève-officier
(élof)

*New Rank Titles in 2000
Naval Cadet
(NCdt)
 Aspirant de marine
(aspm)
rank
Commissioned Officers
NACO-1 In the CF these are considered Junior Officers / Officiers subalternes (Marine)

At this level the officer would be under operational (Sea) training.

Acting Sub-Lieutenant
(A/SLT)
Sous-lieutenant intérimaire
(a/slt)

*New French Rank Title in 2000
Enseigne de vaisseau 2e classe
(ens 2)
ASLT
NACO-2 In the CF these are considered Junior Officers / Officiers subalternes (Marine)

At this level the officer would be completing  specialized  as WKO, MSEO, CSO,CSE or Supply Officer.

Sub-Lieutenant
(SLT)
Sous-lieutenant (M)
(slt (m))

*New French Rank Title in 2000
Enseigne de vaisseau 1ne classe
(ens 1)
SubLt
NACO-3 In the CF these are considered Junior Officers / Officiers subalternes (Marine)

Typical appointments would be aboard a Destroyer / Frigate as a Deck, Combat Systems Supply or Engineer Officer.

Lieutenant (N)
LT (N)
Lieutenant (M)
lt (m)

*New French Rank Title in 2000
Lieutenant de vaisseau
(ltv)
LT
NACO-4
In the CF these are considered Senior Officers /Officiers supérieurs (Marine)

Typical appointments would be as Submarine Captain, Destroyer / Frigate  XO, Ship Department Head, Shore Unit Commander or staff Officer at  MARLANT & MARPAC HQ

Lieutenant-Commander
(LCDR)
Lieutenant-commander
(lcdr)

*New French Rank Title in 2000
Capitaine de corvette
(capc)
LTCdr
NACO-5
In the CF these are considered Senior Officers /Officiers supérieurs (Marine)

Typical appointments would be as Destroyer / Frigate Captain, Squadron Engineer, or as staff Officer at NDHQ or MARLANT & MARPAC HQ

Commander
(CDR)
Commander
(cdr)

 
*New French Rank Title in 2000
Capitaine de frégate
(capf)
CDr
NACO-6
In the CF these are considered Senior Officers /Officiers supérieurs (Marine)

Typical appointments would be Destroyer Squadron Commander,   larger ship Captain, Base Commander or as staff Officer at NDHQ or MARLANT & MARPAC HQ

Captain
(CAPT(N))
Capitaine (M)
(capt (M))

*New French Rank Title in 2000
Capitaine de vaisseau
(capv)
Captain
Flag Officers
NAFO-1 NATO Grade OF-7

In the CF these are considered Flag Officers / Officiers généraux (Marine)

1st level of Flag Officer in the Canadian Navy.  Serve as Fleet Commanders on both Coasts, or as senior staff officers at NDHQ, Navy HQ or MARLANT or MARPAC HQ's

Commodore
(CMDRE)

Commodore
(cmdre)
Commodore
NAFO-2 NATO Grade OF-8

In the CF these are considered Flag Officers / Officiers généraux (Marine)

Rear Admirals command Forces on both Coasts (MARLANT or MARPAC) , and serve as senior staff officers at NDHQ or Navy HQ

Rear-Admiral
(RAdm)

Contre-amiral
(cam)
RAD
NAFO-3
NATO Grade OF-9

In the CF these are considered Flag Officers / Officiers généraux (Marine)

A Vice Admiral  commands Maritime Command (Navy). Another Vice Admiral serves at NDHQ in one of the top 4 military staff positions.

Vice-Admiral
(VAdm)

Vice-amiral
(vam)
VAD
NAFO-4

NATO Grade OF-10

In the CF this is  considered a Flag Officer / Officier généraux (Marine)

Only one officer is normally appointed full General or Admiral -Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) who is the Military head of the entire CF. 

Admiral
(Adm)

Amiral
(am)
Admiral
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