Commander

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A commander is the fifth lowest rank of commissioned officer in most naval organizations.

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Historical Context

As explained under "captain", the lower grades of captains were originally styled "master and commander" and commanded small ships of war. The title was introduced in England by William III and was originally "commanduer." The British Navy in 1827 first appointed commanders as second in command on large ships. The title was introduced in the US Navy in 1838 when the law read that "master commandants" should be known as "commander." The pay bill approved March 3, 1835, recognized the new title. A commander was originally supposed "to command vessels of the third and fourth classes (rates); may be employed as chief of staff to a commodore, or duty under a bureau; or as aide to a flag officer of either grade on shore stations."

Starfleet Usage

In Starfleet, commanders are usually positioned as division chiefs or executive officers on heavy cruisers. Commanders are also placed in command of light cruisers or destroyers. The abbreviation for a commander in Starfleet is CDR.

Starfleet used the following rank insignia to denote this rank of officer:

Period 2410-Present 2373-2410 2368-2373 2365-2373 2352-2365 2280-2352 2270-2280 2255-2270
Insignia 2410 SF O-5.png
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2373 SF O-5.png
2373 SF O-5 (prov).png
2368 SF O-5.png
2368 SF O-5 (prov).png
2366 SF O-5.png
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2352 SF O-5.png
2352 SF O-5 (prov).png
2280 SF O-5.png 2270 SF O-5.png 2255 SF O-5.png

Other Usage

Some military and paramilitary groups use the rank "commander" in their organizations:

Starfleet Merchant & Supply Service (MSS)

Commanders within the MSS are usually placed heavy freighters or transports as commanding officer, or aboard superheavy (SuperMax) freighters and transports they may be billeted as First Officer or Division Officer. They may also command MSS installations where the total assigned personnel does not exceed 600. Commanders are typically "master mariners;" officers with significant experience and qualifications that are highly sought after in the civilian sector.

Grade Rank Command Services Sciences
O-5 Commander SFMSS O-5 CMD.png SFMSS O-5 SVC.png SFMSS O-5 SCI.png

Bajoran Defense Force Navy

Grade Rank Insignia (Sleeve)
O-5 Commander BDFN-O-5.png

Rikon Defense Force

Grade Rank Insignia (Shoulderboard)
O-5 Commander RDF-O-5.png

See Also

Starfleet Rank Structure
Grade Enlisted Training Warrant Officer
1 PVT CREC MID4 WOJG 2LT ENS
2 PFC CAPP MID3 WO 1LT LTJG
3 LCPL CRMN MID2 CWO CPT LT
4 CPL PO3 MID1 SCWO MAJ LCDR
5 SGT PO2 OC MCWO LTCOL CDR
6 SSGT PO1 COL CAPT
CDRE
7 GYSGT CPO BRGEN BADM
8 MSGT SCPO MAJGEN RADM
9 MGYSGT
SGTMAJ
MCPO LTGEN VADM
10 SGTMAJOS MCPOS GEN ADM
11 GADM
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