Ghana Navy Ranks and Symbols

Ghana Navy Ranks and Symbols

Ghana Navy Rank structure


The GN officers in descending order of seniority:

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  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear-Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant


The GN ratings in descending order of seniority:

  • Master Chief Petty Officer
  • Fleet Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer Class I
  • Chief Petty Officer Class II
  • Petty Officer Class I
  • Petty Officer Class II
  • Leading Seaman
  • Able Seaman Class I
  • Able Seaman Class II
  • Ordinary Seaman

Ghana Navy Ranks and Insignia

If you have been keen enough, you must have observed that the Ghana navy rank insignia differ from one personto the next. This is because they are in well defined levels based on expertise, experience among other factors which create the distinction. Here are the Ghana Navy ranks from the lowest to highest:

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The least in seniority is the acting sub-lieutenant officer, then followed by sub-lieutenant, lieutenant, lieutenant commander, commander, captain, commodore, rear-admiral, vice admiral and the most senior executive is the admiral. The Ghana Navy rank symbols, uniform and badges closely resemble that of the British military its former colony except for the Ghanaian coat of arms and the cap badges.

Sub-lieutenant is ensign by a trapezium-shaped badge with a circle co-joined by a line from end to end. The lieutenant position has an added line with the lieutenant commander and commander having two lines a slight difference in appearance. Captain’s badge has three lines underneath the line co-joined circle. The rear admiral position is divided into two; the rear admiral lower half and the rear admiral upper half. For the rear admiral lower half in the trapezium is a circle with a rectangle there below. In rear admiral upper half, in the trapezium is a circle co-joined by a line side to side while that of the vice admiral is another line down there. In the top executive position, the admiral and the fleet admiral have no insignia.

The current Ghana navy is a development of the British ranks and insignia and it also clear to observe resemblance in the combat uniforms and the colors. However, the Ghana navy rank structure has since then been undergoing reviews to fit into the current systems and demands. This is the Ministry of defense approved Ghana navy ranks that are in operation today.

See Also: Other Details of Ghana Navy