The Nigeria Navy is considered the strongest in West Africa, and also one of the strongest in Africa as a whole with substantial human resources and are well equipped.
They work alongside other international allies to protect the Gulf of Guinea from maritime criminal activities, including kidnapping, oil thefts, piracy, marine ecological protection, subsurface warfare, espionage, and territorial violation.
The history of the Nigeria Navy dates back as far as 1914 when it was known as the Nigerian Marine; it later became the Nigerian Naval Force.
However, in 1959, the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II permitted Nigeria to use the title ‘Royal Nigerian Navy’; it was later changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 the country became a Republic.
Since then it has grown by leap and bound.
Perhaps you are planning to join the Navy and want to know how you can rise in rank to become one of the most decorated officers in the Navy; this is for you.
The Nigeria Navy, like the Police and other military forces in the country, have its rank, symbol and salary structure.
Nigerian Navy ranks
Ranks in the Nigerian Navy is divided into two distinct cadre and they are;
- Commissioned Officers
- Non-commissioned Officers
Below is the list of the commissioned officers;
- Admiral of the Fleet
- Rear Admiral Commodore
- Lieutenant Commander
- Acting Sub-Lieutenant
Below are their symbols
These are those who joined the Navy through the general recruitment process and are also known as the “ranks and file” of the naval force.
Below are the ranks of the non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy
- Warrant Chief Petty Officer
- Chief Petty Officer
- Petty Officer
- Leading Rating
- Able Rating
- Ordinary Rating
- Non-commissioned officers don’t have badges.
The Nigeria Navy are paid in terms of ranks and educational qualifications; this means the higher the level, the higher the salary. They also earn other stipends for hazards.
For commissioned officers
Admiral of the Fleet
Admiral monthly salary – N1,358,595 Vice Admiral monthly salary – N1,113,602 Rear Admiral monthly salary – N1,003,245. Commodore monthly salary – N615,488. Captain monthly salary – N309,654. Commander monthly salary – N281,673. Lieutenant Commander monthly salary – N230,652 Lieutenant monthly salary – N195,685 Sub-Lieutenant monthly salary – N150,625. Acting Sub-Lieutenant monthly salary – N130,852. Mid-Shipman monthly salary – N118,835
For Non-commissioned officers
Warrant Chief Petty Officer monthly salary – N120,853 Chief Petty Officer monthly salary – N90,825. Petty Officer monthly salary – N80,852. Leading Rating monthly salary – N70,855. Able Rating monthly salary – N50, 855. Ordinary Rating monthly salary – N45,854
Trainee monthly salary – N0.00