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The most powerful naval force in the world belongs to the United States Navy with its many ships, submarines, aircraft and fighting men and women.



The United States Navy (USN) was born as the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and came to existence, in part, through the initiative of John Adams. From its meager beginnings, made up largely of converted merchant vessels, the U.S. Navy has since grown to become the largest sea-going fighting force in the world. It has taken part in all major American conflicts (as well as countless humanitarian efforts) throughout its existence, recording actions in the American Civil War, World War 1, and World War 2. In the post-World War world, the U.S. Navy remained a critical component during the tumultuous Cold War period (1947-1991) and marked notable service in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War. More recently, the USN has committed to operations in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) following the events of 9/11. U.S. COAST GUARD Ranks are presented as a separate listing. NOTE: The Five Star rank is generally reserved for wartime but is also bestowed as an honorary rank in some cases.

USN Ranks Ordered Lowest-to-Highest


Grade
Insg.
Abbrv
Title
E-1
NONE
SR
Seaman Recuit
E-2
E2 rank insignia graphic
SA
Seaman Apprentice
E-3
E3 rank insignia graphic
SN
Seaman
E-4
E4 rank insignia graphic
PO3
Petty Officer 3rd Class
E-5
E5 rank insignia graphic
PO2
Petty Officer 2nd Class
E-6
E6 rank insignia graphic
PO1
Petty Officer 1st Class
E-7
E7 rank insignia graphic
CPO
Chief Petty Officer
E-8
E8 rank insignia graphic
SCPO
Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
MCPO
Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9
U.S. Navy Fleet / Commander Chief Petty Officer rank insignia graphic
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Fleet / Commander Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9
U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy rank insignia graphic
MCPON
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
W-2
U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 1 rank insignia graphic
WO1
Warrant Officer
W-2
U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 2 rank insignia graphic
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 3 rank insignia graphic
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 rank insignia graphic
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 5 rank insignia graphic
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
U.S. Navy Ensign rank insignia graphic
ENS
Ensign
O-2
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade rank insignia graphic
LTJG
Lieutenant Junior Grade
O-3
U.S. Navy Lieutenant military rank insignia graphic
LT
Lieutenant
O-4
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander military rank insignia graphic
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
O-5
U.S. Navy Commander military rank insignia graphic
CDR
Commander
O-6
U.S. Navy Captain military rank insignia graphic
CAPT
Captain
O-7
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral military rank insignia graphic
RDML
Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
O-8
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral military rank insignia graphic
RADM
Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
O-9
U.S. Vice Admiral military rank insignia graphic
VADM
Vice Admiral
O-10
U.S. Navy Admiral military rank insignia graphic
ADM
Admiral
O-11
U.S. Navy Fleet Admiral military rank insignia graphic
FADM
Fleet Admiral


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