Nigerian Navy Ranks, Salaries, Symbols, Logo & Prestige.

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Nigerian Navy Ranks, Salaries, Symbols, Logo & Prestige. Before you think of  joining the Nigerian Navy, it is important you  know about the Nigerian Navy ranks for its officers and salary structure that officers in the NN are paid on a yearly basis.

This will help equip you with the necessary information you need since the military is all about order, hierarchy and discipline.

The ranks of the Nigerian Navy can be divided into two division namely:  Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.

Nigerian Navy Ranks

Commissioned Officers

The commissioned offers in the Nigeria Army Includes:

  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

Non-Commissioned Officers.

The non-commissioned offers in the Nigeria Army Includes:

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

However, this article  outlays the annual earnings of both commissioned offers and non commissioned officers,  senior personnels and junior officers from the highest to the lowest.

As we have Chief of Air Staff in the Nigerian Airforce, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) is the sole head of the activities of the Nigerian Navy and also heads the Naval Command Centres in Nigeria alongside other top military staff in that order. This rank is the most senior of all the highest ranking officer in the Nigerian Navy.

Since the Nigerian Navy is the military branch that protects the territorial waters of the country, it is the duty of the Chief of Naval Staff, who is the highest ranking commissioned Naval Officer to report to the Chief of Defence Staff, who then reports to the Minister of Defence and then to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Forces, who is also known the President.

As hinted earlier, we would be reviewing the full information about the Nigerian Navy Ranks, Salaries, Symbols, Logo and Prestige. With these insignias, you can tell the rank of a Nigerian Navy officer by simply taking a quick glance at their shoulder, that’s where the insignia is usually attached on their uniforms.

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How does the difference ranks of Nigeria Navy looks like? See Below


Nigerian Navy Prestige:

For several decades, the Nigeria military has depended on foreign nations for weapons and for driving a virile defence industry.

In recent time, Nigeria has gone into the business of home-made warships.

Specifically, the Nigeria Navy has designed and built some ‘Seaward Defense Boat’ (SUB).  The ‘Seaward Defense Boat’ (SUB) is a mid-shore patrol boat something short of a deep ocean-going ship but more capable than a coastal patrol boat.

This warship-building capacity of the Nigerian Navy is a demonstration of how far we can go as a nation if we believe in our potentials.

Nigeria’s navy is easily the largest in West Africa, with some 25,000 personnel and roughly 200 platforms.

Perhaps in recognition of its limitations, the Nigerian navy has sensibly concentrated its efforts on procuring a fleet of offshore and inshore patrol vessels, augmented by local construction to ensure an adequate patrol presence in the country’s EEZ and to protect its offshore oil installations.

Smaller combatants and patrol craft have also been extensively deployed against Boko Haram.

Nigerian Navy Ranks And Symbols- Latest

We have explained below the ranks of both commissioned and non-commissioned  officers of the Nigerian navy and their structures:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Lieutenant:

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Vice-admiral:

This rank is equivalent to Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army and Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian 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.

10. 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.

11. 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 and to the rank of Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army.

Nigerian Navy  Salary Structure

Here is the reveals of  the amount Nigerian Naval officer collect as salary in a year currently.

Admiral in the Nigerian Navy earns ₦16,303,140 per year.

Vice Admiral earns ₦13,363,229 yearly.

Real-Admiral earns ₦12,038,945 yearly.

Commodore earns ₦7,385,856 yearly.

Captain earns ₦3,715,859 yearly.

Commander earns ₦3,380,086 yearly.

Lieutenant Commander earns from ₦2,558,956 – ₦2,976,052 per year.

Lieutenant earns from ₦2,404,037 – 2,789,818 per year.

Sub-Lieutenant earns from ₦2,255,911 – ₦2,630,801 per year.

Mid-Shipman earns from ₦2,077,875 – ₦2,245,909 yearly.

Navy Warrant Officer earns from ₦1,908,718 – ₦2,061,520 yearly.

Master Warrant Officer earns from ₦1,783,029 – ₦1,962,697 yearly.

Warrant Officer earns from ₦1,022,320 – ₦1,192,499 yearly.

Cadet (Training) earns ₦471,038 – ₦534,773 per year.

Nigerian Navy Commissioned Officers Salary

  • Salary (per year)= ₦16,303,140
  • Salary (per month)= ₦1,358,595
  • Salary (per year)= ₦13,363,229
  • Salary (per month)= ₦1,113,602
Rear Admiral
  • Salary (per year)= ₦12,038,945
  • Salary (per month)= ₦1,003,245
  • Salary (per year)= ₦7,385,856
  • Salary (per month)= ₦615,488
  • Salary (per year)= ₦3,715,859
  • Salary (per month)= ₦309,655
  • Salary (per year)= ₦3,380,086
  • Salary (per month)= ₦281,674

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  1. Sheu Mujeeb says:

    This is a good update about the nigeria navy

  2. Jennifer Onyekachi Ekweariri says:


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