Frigate captain

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Rudolf Arendt as frigate captain of the German Navy (1966)

Frigate Captain is a military rank in the Navy .

armed forces

Frigate captain
Shoulder board of a frigate captain (troop service) Sleeve badge of the jacket (service suit) of a frigate captain (troop service)

Rank badge

Rank group Staff officers
NATO rank code OF-4
Rank Army / Air Force Lieutenant colonel
Marine rank Frigate captain
Abbreviation (in lists) FKpt (FK)
Grade A 14-15 according to BBesO

Frigate captain is one of the ranks of the Bundeswehr for naval uniform wearers . The legal basis is the order of the Federal President on the rank designations and uniforms of soldiers and the Soldiers Act .


In the central guideline A2-2630 / 0-0-3 "Forms and Celebrations of the Federal Armed Forces" (formerly ZDv 10/8), the salutation of all staff officers in naval uniform is set as "Mr. Captain". In the Navy, it is also traditionally customary to pronounce “captain” like “captain” when addressing informally orally.

Rank badge

The rank badges of the frigate captain show four sleeve stripes on both lower sleeves ; three stripes are medium-wide, the second on top is narrow.


The rank designation of equivalent air force and army uniform wearers is Lieutenant Colonel . With regard to the authority to command, appointment , pay , the subordinate and superordinate ranks, similarly also with regard to the positions, frigate captains and lieutenant colonels are equated. In the NATO rank code , the frigate captain corresponds to the rank code OF-4 and therefore, for example, to the US commander .

Bundeswehr Cross Black.svg Officer rank
Lower rank   Higher rank
Corvette Captain
Medical Officer Chief Pharmacist Chief Veterinary
Lieutenant Colonel,
Frigate Captain, Chief Medical
Officer, Chief Pharmacist, Chief
Flotilla Doctor, Flotilla
Colonel doctor
Colonel pharmacist
Colonel veterinary
fleet doctor
fleet pharmacist

Rank group : Teams-NCOs-NCO-NCOs-Lieutenant-Captains-Staff officers-Generals

People's Navy

The frigate captain was the middle rank in the rank group of staff officers in the People's Navy of the GDR and was comparable to the NATO rank code OF-4. He corresponded to the lieutenant colonel of the NVA.

The rank badge consisted of shoulder pieces with a navy blue background and a braided silver cord on which two square gold-colored shoulder stars were attached. Shoulder pieces were worn with all parts of the uniform.

The sleeve badge consisted of four yellow-colored simple stripes and should not be confused with that of the captain at sea of the Kriegsmarine and the German navy . Above it was the career badge . In contrast to all other German naval forces, the sleeve badges only covered about 40% of the sleeve circumference.

Corvette Captain

Flag of warships of VM (East Germany) .svg
Frigate captain
sea ​​captain

Imperial Navy and Navy

In the German Empire and the German Navy , the frigate captain designated the middle officer rank of the staff officers' rank group .

In 1898 the rank of frigate captain was introduced in the German navy . He came in place of the "corvette captain with the rank of lieutenant colonel" that was customary up until then. The badges of rank consisted of four sleeve stripes with a star on the shoulder pieces . In the German Empire, an embroidered crown was sewn on in place of the starfish. Until August 1, 1940, frigate captains wore the same 4 (medium) wide sleeve stripes as captains at sea. Anyone who was promoted from this point on should keep the 3 stripes of the Corvette Captain. Those who had previously been promoted were allowed to keep the 4 stripes. The narrow sleeve stripe was introduced from April 1, 1944 and no longer adopted by all "4-stripe frigate captains".

Engineer officers wore a cogwheel instead of the starfish on their sleeves and shoulder pieces, medical officers the Aesculapian staff, naval weapons service 2 crossed tubes, barrage weapons service a raise (symbolized mine), intelligence service a lightning bolt, administrative officers the Mercury staff .

FKpt, Navy
Corvette Captain

German EmpireGerman Empire (Reichskriegsflagge)
Frigate captain
sea ​​captain

More armed forces

The rank of frigate captain was and still is in the Austrian and Russian navies .


  1. Left: Rank badge on an epaulette for naval uniform wearers of the troop service . Right: sleeve badge of the jacket of the service suit of a naval uniform wearer in troop service. In both versions, the star is the career badge for troop service officers. Other careers have different career badges.
  2. if necessary instead woman, cf. here
  3. In practice, medical officers in naval uniforms of the staff officers' rank group continue to be addressed with their actual rank instead of "Mr. / Ms. Captain", cf. E.g. Matthias Frank: Addiction - What is behind it and how you can help. In: Website of the Bundeswehr medical service. Federal Ministry of Defense , the head of the press and information staff ; Press and information center of the medical service, subject media, December 3, 2013, accessed on January 12, 2015 .
  4. Informal. Formally contrary to the ZDv 10/8.
  5. In ZDv 37/10, in addition to the form of sleeve badges described in the Federal President's order on the rank designations and the uniform of the soldiers , corresponding (i.e. identical) shoulder badges for naval uniform wearers are also described.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Hartmut Bagger , Command Staff of the Armed Forces I 3, Federal Ministry of Defense (Ed.): ZDv 37/10. Suit regulations for soldiers in the Bundeswehr . July 1996. Reprint from October 2008. Bonn July 16, 2008, 4 labels, p. 539 ( digitized version [PDF; 3.5 MB ] Reprint October 2008 replaces first edition from July 1996). Digitized version ( memento of the original from September 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): ZDv 14/5. Soldiers Act . DSK AV110100174, change status July 17, 2008. Bonn August 21, 1978, rank designations in the Bundeswehr, p. B 185 (Not to be confused with the Law on the Legal Status of Soldiers (Soldiers Law) ).
  3. a b Agreed English texts. STANAG 2116 . NATO standardization agreement (STANAG) . NATO codes for grades of military personnel. 5th edition. 1992 (English, NATO Rank Codes - 1992 [accessed March 25, 2014]).
  4. a b c d The Federal President (Ed.): Order of the Federal President on the rank designations and the uniform of the soldiers . BPresUnifAnO. July 14, 1978 ( [PDF] Order of the Federal President on the rank designations and uniforms of soldiers from July 14, 1978 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1067 ), last amended by Article 1 of the order of 31. May 1996 ( BGBl. I p. 746 ) has been changed).
  5. ^ Federal Minister of Defense ; Command Staff of the Armed Forces IV 1 (Ed.): Abbreviations for use in the Bundeswehr - German Abbreviations - ZDv 64/10 . Bonn January 19, 1979 ( [PDF] as of September 17, 1999).
  6. Appendix I (to § 20, paragraph 2, sentence 1) Bundesbesoldungsgesetz orders of A and B . ( Online [accessed on March 25, 2014] Federal salary regulations (BBesO) only apply to professional and temporary soldiers and are an annex to the Federal Salary Act (BBesG)).
  7. The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): Law on the legal status of soldiers (Soldiers Act - SG) . Bonn March 19, 1956, § 4 para. 3 (2) - ( [PDF; accessed on March 25, 2014] Newly drafted by notice of May 30, 2005 I 1482. Last amended by Art . 1 G of April 8, 2013 I 730).
  8. The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): ZDv 10/8 Military Forms and Celebrations of the Bundeswehr . Cape. 6 Greeting and salutation.
  9. cf. also The Federal Minister of Defense (Ed.): ZDv 10/4 greeting and address . (The former ZDv 10/4 "Greetings and Salutation" is no longer in force. The content of the former ZDv 10/4 can be found today in Chapter 6 of ZDv 10/8 "Military Forms and Celebrations of the Bundeswehr". The later adopted "new “ZDv 10/4 (ZDv 10/4“ Life Science Lessons - Living Responsibly - Taking Responsibility for Others ”) does not contain a passage on salutation and greeting.).
  10. cf. also Werner Besch : Duzen , Siezen , titulating . To address in German today and yesterday (=  Kleine Reihe V&R 4009 ). 2nd Edition. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht , Göttingen 1998, ISBN 3-525-34009-5 , p. 58 ff . ( limited preview in the Google book search - note in particular the quote from No. 262 from ZDv 10/8).
  11. a b The equivalent, higher and lower ranks are given in accordance with ZDv 14/5 B 185, cf. The Federal Minister of Defense (ed.): ZDv 14/5. Soldiers Act . DSK AV110100174, change status July 17, 2008. Bonn August 21, 1978, rank designations in the Bundeswehr, p. B 185 (Not to be confused with the Law on the Legal Status of Soldiers (Soldiers Act) . The order of the ranks shown in the info box does not necessarily correspond to one of the regular rank sequences provided for in the Soldiers' Career Ordinance , nor does it necessarily correspond to the rank hierarchy described in the Superiors Ordinance a managerial relationship ).