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Admiral of the Fleet N/A Gro├čadmiral, Grand Admiral N/A N/A Fleet Admiral
N/A N/A Generaladmiral, General Admiral N/A N/A N/A
Admiral N/A Admiral Ammiraglio d'armata Taisho, Admiral Admiral
Vice Admiral N/A Vizeadmiral, Vice Admiral Ammiraglio di squadra Chujo, Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
Rear Admiral Director Konteradmiral, Counter Admiral Ammiraglio di divisione Shosho, Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
Commodore, 1st Class N/A Kommodore Contraammiraglio N/A Commodore
Commodore, 2nd Class Deputy Director N/A N/A N/A N/A
Captain Superintendent Kapit├Ąn zur See, Captain Capitano di Vascello Daisa, Captain Captain
Commander Chief Officer Fregattenkapit├Ąn, Commander ("Frigate Captain") Capitano di Fregata, Commander ("Frigate Captain") Chusa, Commander Commander
Lieutenant Commander First Officer Korvettenkapit├Ąn, Lieutenant Commander ("Corvette Captain") Capitano di Corvetta, Lieutenant Commander ("Corvette Captain") Shosa, Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
N/A N/A Stabskapit├Ąnleutnant Primo Tenente di Vascello N/A N/A
Lieutenant or Acting Lieutenant Second Officer Kapit├Ąnleutnant, Lieutenant Captain Tenente di Vascello Daii, Lieutenant Lieutenant
Sub Lieutenant or Acting Sub Lieutenant Third Officer Oberleutnant zur See, Upper Lieutenant Sottotenente di Vascello Chui, Lieutenant (jg) Lieutenant (jg)
Ensign N/A Leutnant zur See, Lieutenant Guardiamarina Ensign Ensign
Midshipman N/A Oberf├Ąhnrich zur See N/A Shoi, Midshipman Midshipman
N/A N/A F├Ąhnrich zur See N/A N/A N/A
Warrant Officer 1st Class N/A Stabsoberfeldwebel N/A N/A Warrant Officer 4th Class
Warrant Officer 2nd Class N/A N/A N/A N/A Warrant Officer 3rd Class
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Warrant Officer 2nd Class
N/A N/A Oberfeldwebel N/A N/A Warrant Officer 1st Class
Chief Petty Officer N/A Stabsfeldwebel N/A Ittoheiso, NCO 1st Class
(Jotoheiso post-1942, NCO Upper Class)
Chief Petty Officer
N/A N/A Feldwebel N/A Nitoheiso, NCO 2nd Class
(Ittoheiso post-1942, NCO 1st Class)
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Senior Petty Officer N/A Obermaat N/A N/A Petty Officer 2nd Class
Petty Officer N/A Maat N/A N/A Petty Officer 1st Class
N/A N/A Matrosenstabsgefreiter N/A N/A N/A
Leading Seaman N/A N/A N/A Santoheiso, NCO 3rd Class
(Nitoheiso post-1942, NCO 2nd Class)
Able Seaman N/A Matrosenhaupgefreiter N/A Ittosuihei, Seaman 1st Class
(Suiheicho post-1942, Seaman Leader)
Seaman 3rd Class
Ordinary Seaman 1st Class N/A Matrosengefreiter N/A Nitosuihei, Seaman 2nd Class
(Jotosuihei post-1942, Seaman Upper Class)
Seaman 2nd Class
Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class N/A Matrose N/A Santoheihei, Seaman 3rd Class
(Ittosuihei post-1942, Seaman 1st Class)
Seaman 1st Class
N/A N/A N/A N/A Yontosuihei, Seaman 4th Class
(Nitosuihei post-1942, Seaman 2nd Class)

Piero Crociani and Pier Paolo Battistelli, Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units and Special Forces 1940-45
United States Navy
World Book Encyclopedia [1956 edition]

Last Major Update: Jun 2008

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