Captain at sea
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|Hierarchy of naval officer ranks|
Admiral of the navy
Corvette captain • Lieutenant commander
|Officers in training:|
Insignia of a Capitaine de vaisseau in the French Navy
|Rank insignia||German officer rank|
|Rank group||Commissioned officers|
|Navy||Kapitän zur See|
|Army / Air Force||Oberst|
Kapitän zur See, short KptzS/KZS, (en: Captain at sea) was and is the highest staff officer rank in the Kaiserliche Marine and the German Navy, corresponding to command of a ship-of-the-line or capital ship. It is equivalent to Oberst in the Bundeswehr or to Flottenarzt/Oberstarzt, Flottenapotheker/Oberstapotheker and Oberstveterinär in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.
Its rank insignia, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, are one five-pointed star above four gold stripes (without the star when rank loops are worn). It is grade A16 or B3 (when deployed to a higher position than CO of a ship) in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. Holders of the rank commanded or command capital ships and heavy cruisers, naval schools, and the staff-officer sections of all training-schools - even the Gorch Fock is commanded by a captain at sea.
German Navy officer rank
Kapitän zur See
In the Royal Netherlands Navy the rank of kapitein-ter-zee is the third grade of superior officer, equivalent to colonel in the land-forces. His insignia is made up of four bands and he commands a capital ship or a shore establishment (until recently, a kapitein-ter-zee commanded the Onderzeedienst and Mijnendienst, the Netherlands Navy's submarine and mine-laying training establishments). Smaller vessels such as destroyers and frigates are commanded by a kapitein-luitenant ter zee.
Until recently flagships of the Netherlands Navy (such as Tromp-class frigates) were also commanded by a kapitein-ter-zee. Currently De Zeven Provinciën-class frigates are commanded by a kapitein-luitenant-ter-zee.
- - Kapitein-ter-zee/ Capitaine de vaisseau
- - Ship-of-the-line captain/ Capitaine de vaisseau
- - kapetan bojnog broda
- - Capitaine de vaisseau
- - capitano di vascello
- - Kapitein ter zee
- - Capitão de Mar e Guerra
- - Capitán de Navío