Korvettenkapitän

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Korvettenkapitän
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Rank insignia German officer rank
Introduction
Rank group Commissioned officers
NavyKorvettenkapitän
Army / Air Force Major
NATO
equivalent
OF-3
Army Major
Navy Lieutenant commander

Korvettenkapitän, short: KKpt / in lists: KK, (English: Corvette captain) is the lowest senior officer rank ( German : Stabsoffizier Rang) in the German Navy [1] / armed forces of Germany (Bundeswehr).

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German language West Germanic language

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German Navy Maritime warfare branch of Germanys military

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Address

The official manner, in line to ZDv 10/8, of formal addressing of military people with the rank Korvettenkapitän (OF-3) is “Herr/Frau Korvettenkapitän“. However, as to German naval traditions the “Korvettenkapitän“ will be addressed „Herr/Frau Kapitän“, often in line to seamen´s language „Herr/Frau Kap'tän“.

Rank insignia and rating

Rank insignia Korvettenkapitän, worn on the sleeves and shoulders, are one five-pointed star above three stripes (or rings on sleeves; without the star when rank loops are worn).

The rank is rated OF-3a [2] in NATO, and equivalent to Major in Heer, and Luftwaffe. It is grade A13 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence and is senior to the regular OF-2 rank of Kapitänleutnant (en: Lt), as well as to OF-2a Stabskapitänleutnant.

Commissioned officers' rank comparison chart of all land forces of NATO member states.

NATO Intergovernmental military alliance of Western states

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. NATO's Headquarters are located in Haren, Brussels, Belgium, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons, Belgium.

Major is the lowest staff officer rank in the German Army (Heer), German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The rank is rated OF-3 in NATO. The rank insignia is a silver oakleaf cluster with a silver pip (star).

Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg
German Navy officer rank
Line officer career
junior rank
Kapitänleutnant
Korvettenkapitän

(Oberstabsarzt)
Major

senior rank
Fregattenkapitän
Warrant officer / officer specialist career
Kapitänleutnant Stabskapitänleutnant end of officer specialist career

See also:

Volksmarine

Volksmarine
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sleeve lace
Korvettenkapitän

Korvettenkapitän was in the Volksmarine of the GDR the lowest grade of the senior officer´s rank group, comparable to NATO-rank code OF-3 as well. It was comparable to Major of the NPA Land Force and Air Force.

<i>Volksmarine</i> navy

The Volksmarine was the naval force of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1956 to 1990. The Volksmarine was one of the service branches of the National People's Army, and primarily performed a coastal defence role along the GDR's Baltic Sea coastline and territorial waters.

National Peoples Army Army of the German Democratic Republic

The National People's Army was the armed forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1956 to 1990.

The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted silver-braids with one gold pip (star) on padding in navy blue weapon color.

Cuff insignia consisted of three stripes, and a five-point naval star above. In contradiction to Imperial German Navy tradition, where sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs, the Volksmarine cuff strips formed 40% rings.

junior rank
Kapitänleutnant
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(NPA rank)
Korvettenkapitän
senior rank
Fregattenkapitän

⇒ see main article Ranks of the Volksmarine

Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine

Nazi Kriegsmarine
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shoulder strap
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sleeve lace
Korvettenkapitän

In the Imperial German Navy and Kriegsmarine the "Korvettenkapitän" was the lowest officer rank of the senior officer´s rank group. The rank insignia consisted of shoulder strap and sleeve stripes. Shoulder straps had to be worn on uniform jackets and consisted of twisted silver-braids (without pip/ star) on padding in navy blue weapon color.

Imperial German Navy Navy of the German Empire between 1871 and 1919

The Imperial German Navy was the navy created at the time of the formation of the German Empire. It existed between 1871 and 1919, growing out of the small Prussian Navy, which primarily had the mission of coastal defence. Kaiser Wilhelm II greatly expanded the navy, and enlarged its mission. The key leader was Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, who greatly expanded the size and quality of the navy, while adopting the sea power theories of American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan. The result was a naval arms race with Britain as the German navy grew to become one of the greatest maritime forces in the world, second only to the Royal Navy. The German surface navy proved ineffective during World War I; its only major engagement, the Battle of Jutland, was indecisive. However, the submarine fleet was greatly expanded and posed a major threat to the British supply system. The Imperial Navy's main ships were turned over to the Allies, but were sunk at Scapa Flow in 1919 by German crews.

<i>Kriegsmarine</i> 1935–1945 naval warfare branch of Germanys armed forces

The Kriegsmarine was the navy of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of the German Empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war Reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the Weimar Republic. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches, along with the Heer (Army) and the Luftwaffe of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces from 1933 to 1945.

Cuff insignia consisted of three stripes, and a five-point naval star above. The sleeve rings encircled the lower cuffs.

junior rank
Kapitänleutnant
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(Ranks Kriegsmarine)
Korvettenkapitän
senior rank
Fregattenkapitän

⇒ see main article Ranks of the Kriegsmarine

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References

  1. official rank table of the German Navy
  2. STANAG 2116