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This article is about UNSC Navy rank of Captain. If you were looking for the UNSC Army and Marines rank, see Captain (Ground forces).




Higher rank

Rear Admiral (Lower Half)

Lower rank



Varies from Frigate to Cruiser

Known Captains

Captain[1] is a commissioned officer rank of the UNSC Navy, and is the Naval equivalent of a Colonel in the UNSC Marine Corps, UNSC Air Force and UNSC Army.

Navy Captains typically command a single ship - typically a class larger than a frigate but smaller than a carrier. Navy Captains may also command a battlegroup or a small fleet if they are the senior-most officer present.

Captains are sometimes referred to informally as "Skipper" or "the Old Man".[2]

Relation to Marine, Air Force, and Army CaptainEdit

The Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army rank of Captain is ranked three pay grades lower than a Navy Captain. Other than sharing a name and both being officer ranks, the two captain ranks are completely unrelated.


  1. In reference to the image: Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 161 -- "Commander Keyes opened the box. Inside were a pair of ... insignia: four bars and a single star".
  2. Halo: The Flood and Halo: Combat Evolved, Thom Shephard: "Aye aye sir. The skipper seems jumpy, we'd better get moving. We'll find you weapons later."

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