Nigerian Navy Ranks, Salary Structure, Symbols And Duties

Nigerian navy ranks, salary structure, symbols and duties

The Nigerian Navy ranks, salary structure, symbols, duties, and allowances are one of the most discussed topics in most online forums like Facebook and Nairaland.

If you are interested to join the Nigerian Navy through any of their recruitment avenues namely; Short Service Course (SSC) and through Direct Short Service Course (DSSC, or you just wish to have an idea of the Nigerian Navy Ranks, Salary Structure and Symbols, history, their duties, roles and responsibilities, this article is for you as we are going to provide exclusive details of everything you need to know about the Nigerian Navy including their monthly and yearly salary according to their ranks and their allowances.

Just like the Nigerian Police, Army, Air force, and other military agencies, the Nigerian Navy helps to defend the country against external enemies.

Let’s have a brief look at the history of the Nigerian Navy.


According to Wikipedia, the Nigerian Navy owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine.

Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria, the Nigerian Marine, as it became known after 1914, was a quasi-military organization.

This force expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893. A Northern Nigeria equivalent was formed in 1900. The two Marines were merged in 1914.

Responsibilities included administration of the ports and harbors, dredging of channels, buoyage, and lighting. It also operated ferry services, touring launches, and other small craft that plied the various creeks and other inland.

In July 1959, the Nigerian Naval Force was transformed into a full-fledged Navy when Queen Elizabeth II granted permission for it to use the title ‘Royal Nigerian Navy’. The title was changed to the ‘Nigerian Navy’ in 1963 after Nigeria became a Republic.


The Nigerian navy is saddled with the responsibility of defending the country against the smuggling of items through ships into the country, unlawful migration, and external enemies.

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Below is the highlight of their functions and responsibilities:

  • Guarding the Nigeria coastal territories
  • Carrying out hydrographic surveys
  • They assist in the enforcement of customs laws
  • Training officers and men in naval duties, etc.

Without much Ado, let’s talk about the Nigerian Navy ranks, salary structure, symbols in details


Nigerian navy ranks and symbols

The Nigerian Navy like their fellow counterparts; Army, Police, and Airforce, their salary is being paid according to their respective ranks.

Their Nigerian Navy Salary Structure is organized according to the Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned officers.

Below are the respective ranks of the Nigerian Navy according to the Commissioned and non Commissioned ranks.


Admiral of the Fleet

The Admiral of the Fleet is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is equivalent to the Marshal of the Nigerian Air force and Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army but nobody has attained the position before.


Admiral is the highest attainable rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is equivalent to General in the Army and Air Marshal in the Airforce. It is also connected to the Chief of Naval staff.


Vice Admiral is the same as Lieutenant General. It is the senior commissioned naval flag officer rank.

Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral is the second-highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is generally regarded as the lowest rank amongst the “admiral” ranks.

Rear Admiral is occasionally referred to as “flag officers”

Commodore (Cdre)

Commodore is a commissioned officer.


A naval captain is similar in the hierarchy to an Army colonel. The captain is one of the senior officers in Navy corresponding to the commander of the largest Ships.

Commander (Cdr)

Commander is a middle naval category. A Commander is a senior officer rank, which is directly below the captain

Lieutenant commander

The Lieutenant Commander is the most senior amongst the Junior officer. It refers to Commissioned Officer rank and it is equivalent to the rank of a Major in Nigerian Airforce and Army

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The Lieutenant is also one of the senior officers amongst the Junior Officers.  A lieutenant is the direct superior to the sub-lieutenant and subordinate to the lieutenant commander.


Sub- Lieutenant is almost equivalent to a Flying Officer in the Nigerian Air Force and

Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army. It is next to the Lieutenant Officer


Mid- Shipman is an officer who is undergoing training to become a Commissioned Officer and his rank is to the rank of a Pilot Officer in the Nigerian Airforce.

Mid-Shipman is the lowest rank for Commissioned Officers in the Nigerian Navy

Below is the picture of the symbols of the Nigerian Navy Ranks


Below is the sequential arrangement of Non-Commissioned Navy Officers according to their ranks:

  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee

Here is the comprehensive table for the monthly and yearly salary of the Nigerian Navy Officers


1 Admiral N1,358,595 N16,303,140
2 Vice- Admiral N1,113,602 N13,363,229
3 Rear Admiral N1,003,245 N12,038,945
4 Commodore N615,488 N7,385,856
5 Captain N309,655 N3,715,859
6 Commander N281,674 N3,380,086
7 Lieutenant Commander N213,246 N2,558,956
8 Lieutenant N200,336 N2,404,037
9 Sub-Lieutenant N187,992 N2,255,911
10 Mid-Shipman N173,156 N2,077,875
11 Navy Warrant Officer N159,059 N1,908,718
12 Master Warrant Officer N148,585 N1,783,029
13 Warrant Officer N85,193 N1,022,320
14 Cadet [Trainee] N39,253 N471,038



The Nigerian Navy is structured into 9 Branches at the Naval Headquarters, comprising of Five (5) commands and a number of autonomous units.

The five [5] commands consists of 3 operational commands namely:

  1. Central Naval Command
  2. Western Naval Command
  3. Eastern Naval Command with its headquarters at Calabar, Yenagoa and Apapa as well as Logistics and Training Commands with headquarters at Apapa and Oghara.
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Each of these 5 commands is being headed by a Rear Admiral of the rank of Flag Officer.


The Salary of the officers of Nigeria Navy is solely determined by their ranks and whether they are Commissioned Officers or noncommissioned Officers.

Aside their salary, bogus allowances are also being paid to these officers. The Nigerian Navy allowances that are being paid to them serve as incentives to them and for minor day to day upkeep.

On the other hand, you can join the Nigeria Navy through two avenues; Direction Short Service and Short Service.

You can join the Navy by Short Service which implies that you are free to apply to join them after graduation from the University or Polytechnic irrespective of the course you studied but professional courses like Medicine i.e. Doctor and Law are the easiest to get recruited.

New officers who are undergoing training in preparation for being absorbed into the Nigeria Navy are called Trainee and a big question amongst those aspiring to join the Navy as a trainee is….how much is trainee salary in Nigeria navy?.

These trainees are been given all-around training regarding the Nigerian Navy like how to sail ships which is referred to as Seaman or Seamen, how to handle the Navy war equipments, defense mechanisms, etc.

We know that these trainees are being paid during the course of their training but how much the trainees are being paid is undisclosed to the public.


This article on The Nigerian Navy ranks, salary structure, symbols, and allowances was thoroughly researched on by experts before being published so as to help young and vibrant youths who wish to join the Nigerian Navy get important information about the Nigerian Navy.

Please do well to use the comment section for any correction, omission, and observation in this article.


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