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in Austruia-Hungaria
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Rank insignia Austro-Hungarian Navy
Introduction ca. 1908
Rank group Commissioned officers
Army / Air Force Oberleutnant
Navy Fregattenleutnant

Fregattenleutnant (Hun: Fregatthadnagy / en: translation Fregate lieutenant) was an officer rank in the Austro-Hungarian Navy. It was equivalent to Oberleutnant of the Austro-Hungarian Army, as well to Oberleutnant zur See of the Imperial German Navy. Pertaining to the modern day's NATO rank code it could be comparable to OF-1a (senior).

The right to be assigned to Fregattenleutnant was limited to professional officers. It was superior to Korvettenleutnant (a reserve rank) and inferior to Linienschiffsleutnant. Until 1908 the rank was called Linienschiffsfähnrich (ship-of-the-line ensign).

Professional officers skipped that rank Fregattenleutnant and were regular promote from Seefähnrich to Fregattenleutnant (also OF-1a), the next higher rank (comparable to Oberleutnant zur See).

The rank name was selected in line to the division of war ships to specific ship categories early of the 19th century, e.g. corvette (de: Korvette), frigate (de: Fregatte), and to ship of the line (de: Linienschiff). In the Austro-Hungarian Navy the appropriate rank designations were derived as follows.

According to that systematic the rank designations to subaltern – or junior officers were derived as follows:

This sequence of ranks can be found in the today´s Croatian naval forces.

Preceded by
junior rank
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(k.u.k. Kriegsmarine rank)
Succeeded by
senior rank

Other countries

The rank designation Fregattenleutnent was used continuously in naval forces of former Yugoslavia and as junior officer (OF-1a) rank in modern today’s naval forces of Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.

Rank insignia Fregattenleutnant
Country Croatia Serbia Slovenia
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Croatian Navy
River Flotilla
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Slovenian Navy
Naramenica ljetne odore poručnika korvete HRM.svg Rukav zimske odore poručnika fregate HRM.svg Rf 3 -poručnik fregate.gif Slovenska vojska por freg.jpg
Native designation Poručnik fregate Поручник фрегатe Poročnik fregate
Flag of NATO.svg rank OF-1a OF-2 OF-1a

See also


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