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German Navy
Ranks  
 
Abbreviation (Alternate) Kriegsmarine U.S. Navy Equivalent
G6 –   Großadmiral  
G5 GenAdm General-Admiral Admiral of the Fleet
G4 Adm Admiral Admiral
G3 VAdm Vizeadmiral Vice Admiral
G2 KAdm Konteradmiral Rear Admiral
G1 Kom Kommodore Commodore [1])  
O6 KptzS (KzS) Kapitän-zur-See Captain
O5 FKpt (FK) Fregattenkapitän   Commander
O4 KKpt (KK) Korvettenkapitän Lieutenant Commander
O3 KptLt (KL) Kapitän-Leutnant
(often addressed as "KaLeu")
Lieutenant
O2 OblnzS (OLzS) Oberleutnant-zur-See Lieutenant junior grade
O1 LnzS (LzS) Leutnant-zur-See Ensign  
[1] Up to April 1943 the USN rank of Commodore was Rear Admiral (Lower Half), and Rear Admiral was know as Rear Admiral (Upper Half).  
 
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