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Captain is a rank of officer in many naval services and space forces, most notably Earth Starfleet and its Federation counterpart. The title of captain is also used in a more general sense to refer to any individual, civilian or otherwise, who is the commanding officer of a ship. However, there are times when a captain may not be the commanding officer of a ship, serving as a department head, first officer or adjutant to an admiral or a more senior captain. 3 cases include Spock, who served as first officer under James T. Kirk onboard the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-A in spite of holding the rank of captain; Montgomery Scott, who served as captain of engineering on board several ships; and Geordi La Forge, who briefly served as captain of engineering onboard the USS Enterprise-E before returning to his previous rank.

Starfleet captains are sometimes referred to as "Skippers". (DS9 episode: "In the Pale Moonlight", DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Lesser Evil)

Insignia

22nd century

Earth cmd capt.png In the Earth Starfleet uniforms of the 22nd century, captains wore pin insignia of four rectangular pips. Their service uniforms also had sleeve insignia of a two white bands with a division color-coded stripe between. (ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages...")

23rd century

2230s cmd capt.png 2250s conn captain sleeve.png Yel Capt 2266.png By the era of the 23rd century, Federation Starfleet, captains' uniforms had a sleeve insignia of a two gold braids with a broken braid in between. A captain's dress uniform was similar to a commander's, with thick gold braid at the neck and closure, with added thin gold piping along the shoulder seam. (TOS episode: "Court Martial")

2270s cmd capt.png In the early 2270s, captain's uniforms had the same sleeve insignia, and an epaulet that also bore two solid stripes and a broken stripe. (TOS comic: "Domain of the Dragon God!")

2285 Capt Ep Whi.png In the uniforms of the 2280s, captains wore pin insignia with a three central bars attached to two command officer flag devices, above and below. (ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia)

24th century

2350s-2360s command capt.png Red Capt 2400s.png In the uniform insignia introduced in the mid-24th century, a captain wears four circular pips as their rank insignia. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

Captain insignia

Starfleet captain insignia
era general wear command division operations division sciences division
command tactical/military flight-engineering
(admin, pilot, engineer)
security special services sci-ops
(ops, sci & tac ops)
medical
Earth Starfleet ranks Earth cmd capt.png Earth ops capt.png Earth sci capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2160s) Sec capt 2160s.png Cmd capt 2160s.png Eng-ops capt 2160s.png Sci capt 2160s.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2230s) 2230s cmd capt.png 2230s yel capt.png 2230s gray capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2240s) Gray capt sleeve.png 2250s conn captain sleeve.png 2250s cmd green capt sleeve.png 2250s ops captain sleeve.png 2250s red ops capt sleeve.png 2250s sci captain sleeve.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) 2260s capt.png Yel Capt 2266.png 2260s cmd green capt.png Red Capt 2266.png 2260s cmd beige capt.png Blu Capt 2266.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s)
(Built to Lieutenant)
2270s capt sleeve.png 2270s cmd capt.png 2270s helm capt.png 2270s eng capt.png 2270s sec capt.png 2270s sci capt.png 2270s med capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s) 2270s-2350 capt sleeve.png 2285 Capt Ep Whi.png 2270s-2350 mil capt.png 2270s-2350 flight capt.png 2270s-2350 sec capt.png 2270s-2350 sup capt.png 2270s-2350 service capt.png 2270s-2350 med capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2366) 2350s gray capt.png 2350s-2360s command capt.png 2350s ops capt.png 2350s sci capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2366-2373) 2350s gray capt.png 2366 pen capt.png Red Capt 2364.png Red Capt 2371.png Yel Capt 2364.png Yel Capt 2371.png Blu Capt 2364.png Blu Capt 2371.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2373-2386) 2370s cmd capt.png Yel Capt 2373.png 2370s sci capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2386-2410) Red Capt 2400s.png Yel Capt 2400s.png Blu Capt 2400s.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2800s) 2800s cmd capt.png 2800s ops capt.png 2800s sci capt.png

Alternate captain insignia

Starfleet alternate captain insignia
era command division operations division sciences division
Federation Starfleet ranks (2250s) alt 2250s alt cmd capt.png 2250s alt ops capt.png 2250s alt sci capt.png
Federation Starfleet ranks (2386-2410) alt Alt future cmd capt.png Alt future ops capt.png Alt future sci capt.png

Positions and lists

Earth & Federation Starfleet

See: Starfleet captains

Klingon Defense Force

Romulan Mining Guild

Appendices

Connections

Enlisted ranks Commissioned ranks Flag ranks
Klingon Defense Force
naval & marine
ENL (bekk) PO/LDR (DevwI')

CPO/TROOP LDR (QaS-DevwI')

ENS (lagh) LT JG LT (Sogh) LT CMDR CMDR (la') CAPT (HoD) CDORE (totlh) ADM ('aj) FADM
ENL (mang) 2C

ENL (mang) 1C


LCPL

CPL (Da') SGT (bu')

SGT MAJ

LT JG LT (Sogh) CAPT MAJ LT COL COL BRIG ('ech) MAJ GEN GEN (Sa')
Earth SF CREW PO2

PO1

CPO

SCPO


MCPO

ENS LT CMDR CAPT

FCAPT


VICE CDORE

CDORE RADM / 2ADM VADM / 3ADM 4ADM FADM / 5ADM

GADM

Starfleet & SFMC ENS JG

ENS


ENS 1C

LT JG LT LT CMDR CDR CDORE

1ADM

PVT CPL SGT

MASTER SGT

SUBLT

2ND LT

1ST LT CAPT MAJOR LT COL COL BRIG GEN
US military
(& US Navy)
PVT CPL SGT

MASTER SGT

2ND LT 1ST LT CAPT MAJ LT COL COL BRIG GEN MAJ GEN LT GEN GEN
CREW PO CPO

SCPO


MCPO

ENS LT JG LT LT CMDR CMDR CAPT RADM LH RADM UH VADM ADM FADM
Vulcan Subaltern Altern SLt Lt Maj SCdr Cpt
Cmdr
Min Admin
Andorian Lt Cdr Cpt Gen

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