Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary Structure

Are you interested in the Nigerian Navy? Do you want to know about the Nigerian Navy ranks and salary structure so that you can understand for sure how much officers in the NN are paid per year? Then this post is meant for you. In this article, we have outlined the various ranks of the Nigerian Navy for commissioned and non-commissioned officers as well as their annual take home pay. You can also click the link to know more about the Naval Command Centres in Nigeria.

Nigerian Navy: Naval Command Bases in Nigeria

The Nigerian Navy is part of the Nigerian Armed Forces or Nigerian Military that is responsible for safeguarding the territorial waters of the country and they are under the command of the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, the highest ranking commissioned Naval Officer who is under the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, who in turn reports to the Minister of Defence who reports to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

If you are interested in joining the Nigerian Navy via their Direct Short Service Course (DSSC), their Short Service Course (SSC) or through any other recruitment process of theirs, visit their recruitment portal www.joinnigeriannavy.com. Part of the things you should know are the names of the Chief of Naval Staff and other top naval officers with their ranks and the offices they occupy, the names of most of the Nigerian Navy war ships, Nigerian Navy bases in the country as well as the various ranks in the Navy from entry level to the highest position which is split between non-commissioned and commissioned officer ranks. You should also be familiar with general knowledge as well as Mathematics, English and the motto of the Nigerian Navy which is “Onward Together”.

Successful candidates will be contacted for interview and trained for a period of six months and this training is usually in Port Harcourt, if it changes, the Nigerian Navy will communicate it to the general public. Having said all that, let us now look at the various ranks of the Nigerian Navy commissioned and non-commissioned officers as well as their salary structure.

RANKS IN THE NIGERIAN NAVY

These are the various ranks in the NN:

FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Mid-Shipman

FOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

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

EXPLANATION OF THE RANKS FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

MID-SHIPMAN 

For commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy, the Mid-Shipman is the lowest rank. This rank is equivalent to the rank of Pilot Officer in the Nigerian Air Force and the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

SUB-LIEUTENANT

This rank is above the Mid-Shipman and below rank of Lieutenant in the Nigerian Navy. It is equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and Flying Officer in the Nigerian Air Force.

LIEUTENANT

The Nigerian Navy rank of Lieutenant is equivalent to the rank of Captain in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Nigerian Air Force.

LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER

This rank is equivalent to the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Squadron Leader in the Nigerian Air Force.

COMMANDER

This naval rank is directly above the Lieutenant-Commander and below the rank of Captain. It is equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force.

CAPTAIN

The Nigerian Navy rank of Captain is equivalent to the rank of Colonel in the Nigerian Army and Group Captain in the Nigerian Air Force. This rank is above that of the Commander and below the rank of Commodore. Captains are usually in charge of largest ships at sea.

COMMODORE

This Commodore rank in the Nigeria Navy is above the rank of Captain and below that of the Rear-admiral. It is equivalent to Brigadier in the Nigerian Army and Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force.

REAR ADMIRAL

The Rear Admiral rank in the Nigerian Navy is equivalent to Major-General in the Nigerian Army and Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force. This rank is directly below the Vice admiral and above the Commodore.

VICE ADMIRAL

The rank of Vice Admiral is equivalent to that of Lieutenant-General in the Nigerian Army and Air Marshal in the Nigerain Air Force. It is above the Rear Admiral and below the Admiral.

ADMIRAL

In Nigeria, the rank of Admiral is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is equivalent to the rank of General in the Nigerian Army and Air Chief Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force. It is directly above the Vice Marshal Rank and below the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.

ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET

This rank is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. There is no current holder of this rank in the Nigerian Navy currently and it is  usually given to officers who have achieved extraordinary feats. This rank is rarely conferred on anyone these days. It is equivalent to the rank of Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army and Marshal of the Air Force in the Nigerian Air Force.

NIGERIAN NAVY SALARY STRUCTURE

The Nigerian Navy Salary Stucture per year is determined by the Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS) of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC). Be informed that salaries are subject to change. Having said that, below are the salaries of Nigerian Navy officers per year:

  • Admiral: ₦16,303,140 – ₦20,691,400
  • Vice Admiral: ₦13,363,229 – ₦17,837,414
  • Real-Admiral: ₦12,038,945 – ₦16,516,124
  • Commodore: ₦7,396,656 – ₦8,134,745
  • Captain: ₦3,726,659 – ₦4,231,579
  • Commander: ₦3,390,886 – ₦3,895,033
  • Lieutenant Commander: ₦2,558,956 – ₦2,976,052
  • Lieutenant: ₦2,404,037 – 2,789,818
  • Sub-Lieutenant: ₦2,255,911 – ₦2,630,801
  • Mid-Shipman: ₦2,077,875 – ₦2,245,909
  • Navy Warrant Officer: ₦1,908,718 – ₦2,061,520
  • Master Warrant Officer: ₦1,783,029 – ₦1,962,697
  • Warrant Officer: ₦1,022,320 – ₦1,192,499
  • Cadet (Training): ₦471,038 – ₦534,773.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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