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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. 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.

Starfleet captains are sometimes referred to as "Skippers". (DS9 episode: "In the Pale Moonlight", DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Lesser Evil)

Naval captainsEdit

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.

Equivalent ranksEdit

InsigniaEdit

22nd centuryEdit

Earth cmd capt

Earth Starfleet pins.

In the Earth Starfleet uniforms of the 22nd century, captains wore pin insignia of four rectangular pips. Their service uniforms also had sleeve insignia of a two white bands with a division color-coded stripe between. (ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages...")

23rd centuryEdit

2230s cmd capt

2230s sleeve.

2250s conn captain sleeve

2250s sleeve.

Yel Capt 2266

Captain's 2260s sleeve.

By the era of the 23rd century, Federation Starfleet, captains' uniforms had a sleeve insignia of a two gold braids with a broken braid in between. A captain's dress uniform was similar to a commander's, with thick gold braid at the neck and closure, with added thin gold piping along the shoulder seam. (TOS episode: "Court Martial")

2270s cmd capt

2270s epaulets.

In the early 2270s, captain's uniforms had the same sleeve insignia, and an epaulet that also bore two solid stripes and a broken stripe. (TOS comic: "Domain of the Dragon God!")

2285 Capt Ep Whi

2270s-2350s pin.

In the uniforms of the 2280s, captains wore pin insignia with a three central bars attached to two command officer flag devices, above and below. (ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia)

24th centuryEdit

2350s-2360s command capt

2350s-2380s pins.

Red Capt 2400s

2380s-present pins.

In the uniform insignia introduced in the mid-24th century, a captain wears four circular pips as their rank insignia. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

Captain insigniaEdit

Starfleet captain insignia
era general wear command division operations division sciences division
command tactical/military flight-engineering
(admin, pilot, engineer)
security special services sci-ops
(ops, sci & tac ops)
medical
Earth Starfleet ranks Earth cmd capt Earth ops capt Earth sci capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2160s) Sec capt 2160s Cmd capt 2160s Eng-ops capt 2160s Sci capt 2160s
Federation Starfleet ranks (2230s) 2230s cmd capt 2230s yel capt 2230s gray capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2240s) Gray capt sleeve 2250s conn captain sleeve 2250s cmd green capt sleeve 2250s ops captain sleeve 2250s red ops capt sleeve 2250s sci captain sleeve
Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) 2260s capt Yel Capt 2266 2260s cmd green capt Red Capt 2266 2260s cmd beige capt Blu Capt 2266
Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s)
(Built to Lieutenant)
2270s capt sleeve 2270s cmd capt 2270s helm capt 2270s eng capt 2270s sec capt 2270s sci capt 2270s med capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s) 2270s-2350 capt sleeve 2285 Capt Ep Whi 2270s-2350 mil capt 2270s-2350 flight capt 2270s-2350 sec capt 2270s-2350 sup capt 2270s-2350 service capt 2270s-2350 med capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2366) 2350s gray capt 2350s-2360s command capt 2350s ops capt 2350s sci capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2366-2373) 2350s gray capt 2366 pen capt Red Capt 2364 Red Capt 2371 Yel Capt 2364 Yel Capt 2371 Blu Capt 2364 Blu Capt 2371
Federation Starfleet ranks (2373-2386) 2370s cmd capt Yel Capt 2373 2370s sci capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2386-2410) Red Capt 2400s Yel Capt 2400s Blu Capt 2400s
Federation Starfleet ranks (2800s) 2800s cmd capt 2800s ops capt 2800s sci capt

Alternate captain insigniaEdit

Starfleet alternate captain insignia
era command division operations division sciences division
Federation Starfleet ranks (2250s) alt 2250s alt cmd capt 2250s alt ops capt 2250s alt sci capt
Federation Starfleet ranks (2386-2410) alt Alt future cmd capt Alt future ops capt Alt future sci capt

Positions and listsEdit

Earth & Federation StarfleetEdit

See: Starfleet captains

Klingon Defense ForceEdit

Romulan Mining GuildEdit

AppendicesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Enlisted ranks Commissioned ranks Flag ranks
Klingon Defense Force
naval & marine
ENL (bekk) PO/LDR (DevwI')

CPO/TROOP LDR (QaS-DevwI')

ENS (lagh) LT JG LT (Sogh) LT CMDR CMDR (la') CAPT (HoD) CDORE (totlh) ADM ('aj) FADM
ENL (mang) 2C

ENL (mang) 1C


LCPL

CPL (Da') SGT (bu')

SGT MAJ

LT JG LT (Sogh) CAPT MAJ LT COL COL BRIG ('ech) MAJ GEN GEN (Sa')
Earth SF CREW PO2

PO1

CPO

SCPO


MCPO

ENS LT CMDR CAPT

FCAPT


VICE CDORE

CDORE RADM/2ADM VADM/3ADM 4ADM FADM/5ADM

GADM

Starfleet & SFMC ENS JG

ENS


ENS 1C

LT JG LT LT CMDR CDR CDORE

1ADM

PVT CPL SGT

MASTER SGT

SUBLT

2ND LT

1ST LT CAPT MAJOR LT COL COL BRIG GEN
US military
(& US Navy)
PVT CPL SGT

MASTER SGT

2ND LT 1ST LT CAPT MAJ LT COL COL BRIG GEN MAJ GEN LT GEN GEN
CREW PO CPO

SCPO


MCPO

ENS LT JG LT LT CMDR CMDR CAPT RADM LH RADM UH VADM ADM FADM
Vulcan Subaltern Altern SLt Lt Maj SCdr Cpt
Cmdr
Min Admin
Andorian Lt Cdr Cpt Gen

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