The rank insignia of the Italian Navy are worn on epaulettes of shirts and white jackets, and on sleeves for navy jackets and mantels.

Rank structure

Warning: The table below shows a simple literal translation of the Italian navy ranks into English language,
DOES NOT represent a military ranks comparisons among NATO navies as officially stated by the - STANAG 2116.

Officers

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Role Admirals Senior officers Junior officers Naval cadets
 Italian Navy

No equivalent
Ammiraglio Ammiraglio di Squadra con Incarichi Speciali Ammiraglio di Squadra Ammiraglio di Divisione Contrammiraglio Capitano di Vascello Capitano di Fregata Capitano di Corvetta Primo Tenente di Vascello Tenente di Vascello Sottotenente di Vascello Guardiamarina Aspirante Guardiamarina
English rank name translation Admiral squadron admiral (s.a.)
(lieutenant admiral (s.a.))
squadron admiral
(lieutenant admiral)
divisional admiral
(vice admiral)
counter admiral
(rear admiral)
Ship-of-the-line captain Frigate captain Corvette Captain First ship-of-the-line lieutenant Ship-of-the-line lieutenant Lieutenant junior grade Ensign Aspirant
navy guard

Special

NATO Code OF-7
Italy Italy
Ammiraglio ispettore comandante di corpo
English rank name translation Admiral Inspector Chief of Corps

Notes:
1 The rank of "ammiraglio" (admiral) is assigned to the only naval officer promoted as chief of the defense staff.

2 The rank of "ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali" (squadron admiral with special assignments) is assigned to the naval officer promoted as chief of the naval staff and/or as secretary of defense.

3 As officer designated, the rank of "aspirante guardiamarina" is comparable to the Royal Navy midshipman.

Non-commissioned officers and ratings

NATO code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Role Marshals Sergeants Permanent service volunteers Temporary service volunteers
 Italian Navy
No insignia
Luogotenente Primo Maresciallo Capo di Prima Classe Capo di Seconda Classe Capo di Terza Classe Secondo Capo Scelto Secondo Capo Sergente Sottocapo di Prima Classe Scelto Sottocapo di Prima Classe Sottocapo di seconda Classe Sottocapo di terza Classe Sottocapo Comune di Prima Classe Comune di Seconda Classe
English rank name translation sub-lieutenant
first
marshal
chief
1st
class
chief
2nd
class
chief
3rd
class
chosen
second chief
second chief sergeant senior chosen
subchief
1st
class
chosen
subchief
1st
class
subchief
2nd
class
subchief
3rd
class
subchief
commoner
1st
class
commoner
2nd
class

Notes:
1No rank insignia, sailors just wear category or specialty badge, in this case the rating of "tecnico di macchine" (machinist's mate).

Enlisted ratings introduced in 2018

Other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-7 OR-4
Sleeve mark
Italian Primo luogotenente q.s.[a] Secondo capo scelto q.s. Sottocapo di prima classe scelto q.s.
English Sub-lieutenant first class Chosen second chief
(special class)
Senior chosen subchief 1st class
(special class)

Notes

  1. ^ q.s. - (qualifica speciale - special rank)

Bibliography

References

See also