Captain

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Captain
Rank Information
Affiliation:

United Federation of Planets

Higher Rank:

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Fleet Captain

Lower Rank:

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Commander

Command:

Starfleet

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Captain
Rank Information
Affiliation:

Terran Rebellion

Higher Rank:

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Commodore

Lower Rank:

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Commander

Command:

Imperial Navy

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Captain
Rank Information
Affiliation:
Higher Rank:

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Rear Admiral Lower Half/Commodore

Lower Rank:

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Commander

Command:

UNSC Fleet
HWD Fleet


Captain is a rank of officer in many naval services and space forces, most notably Earth Starfleet and its Federation counterpart. The title of captain is also used in a more general sense to refer to any individual, civilian or otherwise, who is the commanding officer of a ship.

Starfleet captains are sometimes referred to as "Skipper".

In the Federation Starfleet, the United Nations Space Command, and Homeworld Command the rank name is derived from English-speaking naval tradition.

Naval captains

Captain is the most senior officer rank, a grade higher than a Commander and a grade below either Commodore or Rear Admiral in most rank structures, although some organizations will refer to a captain as a commodore in title only, to show the said captain's seniority over other captains. The Federation also once had a rank of Vice Commodore, falling below Commodore but above Captain, and a title of Fleet Captain that is considered to outrank a captain. The captain rank is roughly equivalent with the authority of a Colonel of military forces, although some militaries have an unrelated rank of Captain that is equivalent to a naval Lieutenant.

Captain's in United Federation Starfleet serve generally as a vessels commanding officer. However, there are times when a captain may not be the commanding officer of a ship, serving as a department head, first officer or adjutant to an admiral or a more senior captain. 3 cases include Spock, who served as first officer under James T. Kirk onboard the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-A in spite of holding the rank of captain; Montgomery Scott, who served as captain of engineering on board several ships; and Geordi La Forge, who briefly served as captain of engineering onboard the USS Enterprise-E before returning to his previous rank.


Equivalent ranks

  • The Breen have a sort of rank or title that places a thot in control of their ships.
  • In the Cardassian language, gul is a Cardassian officer rank title which, in translation to Federation Standard, is approximately equivalent to a captain.
  • The Ferengi rank/title most similar to captain is DaiMon, although like much of Ferengi culture the title is distinct and different in that it carries a mercenary ethic and prices to match.
  • In Klingonese, a ship's captain is referred to as HoD.
  • The Romulan Star Empire has two ranks, commander (rh'iov in the Romulan language) and legate, that are analogous to a captain's standing.
  • Vulcan ships refer to their commanding officer as captain as well, although they sometimes use the terminology "commander", a type of reference shared with their offshoot cousins, the Romulans.

Captain's in TFE

Captain Insignia

Captain insignia
Era Command Division Operations Division Sciences Division
Command/Flight Operations/Strategic Operations Security/Operations/Engineering Medical/Science/Counselling Intelligence
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Federation Naval Patrol

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United Nations Space Command/Homeworld Defence Insignia

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