Royal Isselmere-Nieland Navy

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Úasanidhe Llíngesó
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Royal IN Navy

  • Surface Fleet
  • Fleet Air Arm
  • Submarine Service
  • Royal IN Naval Reserve

Royal Isselmere-Nieland Marines

  • RINM Reserve

Royal Isselmere-Nieland Fleet Auxiliary

Coastal Defence Force
Littoral Defence Force
Rapid Reaction Force
Strategic Defence Force (Navy)

Rank structure

Budget (USD, 2007)
- Per capita
$9.108 trillion
- National budget
- Defence budget

- Navy
- Auxiliary


1 His Isselmerian and Nielander Majesty's Ship or Submarine.
2 His Isselmerian and Nielander Majesty's Boat.

The Royal Isselmere-Nieland Navy (RINN) — Anguistian: Llíngéth Ríoghabh na hUislíamór-Nhígúlad (LRUN), Nielandic: Konungligr Sjóher Isslamærar-Nýlands (KSIN), Isselmerian: Royle Navy o 'Isslamere-Nieland (RNIN) — is the senior service within the United Kingdom of Isselmere-Nieland Defence Forces (UKINDF). With almost 19.5 million personnel and a budget of almost $8 trillion universal standard dollars/NationStates dollars (USD/NSD), the RINN is the second-best funded and largest component of the UKINDF after the Aerospace Service. With its own air and ground forces — the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) and Royal Isselmere-Nieland Marines (RINM), respectively — the RINN inevitably serves as Isselmere-Nieland's vanguard.

The Admiralty

Overall command of the Defence Forces emanates from the Sovereign, who as head of state is their commander-in-chief, by and with the advice of the Defence Council of the Council of State. Day-to-day administration of the RINN falls to the Minister of Defence and to the Minister of State for the Navy.

The Minister of State of the Navy is the President of the Admiralty Board, the body responsible for the administration of the RINN. As such, the minister of State is known as the First Lord/Lady of the Admiralty. The Board of Admiralty (Admiralty Board) was first established in 1848 following the example of the British Royal Navy. Since 1998, the Admiralty Board consists of the First Lord as well as the five senior-most active officers of the service, styled the Sea Lords.

The First Sea Lord is the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), the serving commander-in-chief. Next in line, the Second Sea Lord is the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) responsible for planning, deployment, and operational training. The Third Sea Lord is the Chief of Naval Resources (CNR) who supervises such diverse matters as personnel, logistics, supply, basing, and procurement, the last in liaison with the Naval Directorate of the Defence Procurement Agency. Expeditionary forces (i.e., the RINM) fall under the jurisdiction of the Fourth Sea Lord, the Chief of Naval Expeditionary Forces (CNEF). Last is the Chief of Naval Air Forces (CNAF), the Fifth Sea Lord.


The RINN is founded upon six branches of service divided into several forces that provide an operational focus for their component units. In order of chronological precedence, these branches are:

Technically, the Royal Isselmere-Nieland Marines (RINM) and the Royal Isselmere-Nieland Fleet Auxiliary (RINFA) are not part of the Royal Navy, but for operational and most administrative purposes both fall under naval command.

These branches are subdivided into several forces, which are administered by Admirals-General:[1]

Administratively, similar warships are usually grouped into divisions of between four and twelve vessels plus any support units. Although the operational utility of such divisions is modest, the units do provide basic support requirements as well as the means of inducting new sailors and officers into the methods and traditions of the service.

Operationally, the RINN consists of two fleets, the aforementioned Home Fleet or Navy of the White, and the Expeditionary Fleet or Navy of the Blue. Fleets are subdivided into less cumbersome battle fleets or flotillas of two or more regional squadrons, which are themselves comprised of several groups often organised around capital ships.


Unit name Vessel types Number of vessels, units Officer commanding
Navy All vessels 2+ Fleets Admiral of the Fleet
Armada All vessels in an ocean 2+ Fleets Admiral-General
Fleet All flotillas operating in a broad region 2+ Flotillas Admiral
Flotilla All vessels operating in a general region 2+ Squadrons Lieutenant-Admiral
Squadron A large number of vessels of all types operating in a specific region 2+ Groups Vice Admiral
Group A collection of complementary vessels 2+ Task Units Rear Admiral
Task Unit A small number of vessels, typically with capital ships, a component of a Group 4-12 ships Commodore
Division Same or similar types 4-12 ships Captain to Commodore[2]
Task Element A single vessel 1 Lieutenant-Commander to Captain[3]

Surface Fleet

The Surface Fleet comprises all surface warships in the RINN, from the mighty Europa-class heavy command battleship to the small and swift Crocodile-class littoral combat ship. Its primary purpose is the defence of Isselmere-Nieland's shipping and offshore resources, although in recent years it has begun training for offensive action. The Surface Fleet, along with its support units, is by far the largest contingent of the RINN.

Ships of the Fleet

See also Ships of the Royal Navy (UKIN)

Fleet Air Arm

See also List of aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm

The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) consists of the RINN's air units, including those attached to the Coastal Defence Force (CDF) and the RINM's Marine Air Service (RINMAS). The FAA is responsible for maritime patrol (MARPAT), aided by Royal Isselmere-Nieland Air Force (RINAF) interceptors and strike aircraft.

Aircraft of the FAA

Submarine Force

The Submarine Service is the umbrella organisation for all of the RINN's submarines. Composed in the main of nuclear attack submarines, the Submarine Force is often detached to serve with surface task groups, but independent submarine divisions perform extensive patrols of the UKIN's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Submarine Force is also the vanguard for the Royal Navy's contingent of the Strategic Defence Force (SDF). Ballistic missile submarines form the largest component of the Navy's part in the SDF, as well as cruise missile submarines tasked with defending against super Dreadnoughts.

Boats of the Submarine Force


Coastal Defence Force

Personnel: 2,096,391
Aircraft (all types): 21,132
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 8100

The Coastal Defence Force (CDF) encompasses fixed and mobile coastal defence batteries, land-based maritime patrol (MARPAT) squadrons, and coastal defence and mine countermeasures (MCM) groups. The CDF enforces the UKIN's local maritime claims, such as the United Kingdom's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as policing against offences within Home waters.

Aircraft of the CDF

Littoral Defence Force

Personnel: 1,190,504
Ships (all types): 2605
Aircraft (all types): 2928
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 8937

Rapid Reaction Force

Personnel: 2,991,336
Ships (all types): 6010
Aircraft (all types): 7895
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 18777

Strategic Defence Force

Personnel: 429,638
Ships (all types): 1483
Aircraft (all types): 110
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 7700

The naval contingent of the Strategic Defence Force (SDF) is a key component of the Isselmere-Nieland's strategic deterrence capability. Based around ballistic missile submarines, this force is the most silent of the Submarine Force.

Royal Isselmere-Nieland Coast Guard

Personnel: 2,807,532
Ships (all types): 14589
Aircraft (all types): 3987
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 41838

Officially, the Coast Guard (RINCG) is not part of RINN but of the Ministry of Finance's Directorate-General of Frontier Security. During wartime, the RINCG does fall under the supervision of the RINN.

The Fleets

Home Fleet

Personnel: 4,902,363
Ships (all types): 9542
Aircraft (all types): 13829
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 34824

Expeditionary Fleet

Personnel: 4,742,378
Ships (all types): 10279
Aircraft (all types): 12129
Uncrewed vehicles (all types): 31799

Rank structure

Ranks according to modified RL NATO rank structure, with warrant officers officially considered part of "Other Ranks" rather than as a separate stratum.

For enlisted personnel, chevrons on dress uniforms are typically yellow (officially, "gold") with point down ("inverted"), with rank on upper left arm (as well as on both epaulettes where appropriate), except for warrant officer dress uniforms on which rank insignia is on both forearms. Enlisted personnel often wear insignia for their branch of service (engineering, gunnery, radar, etc.) on the upper right arm on both duty and dress uniforms, with the exception of camouflage kit whereupon branch insignia is usually omitted.

Sleeve insignia for commissioned officer ranks are worn on the lower sleeves in dress or garrison uniforms, on epaulettes on duty uniforms. If body armour is worn, rank is on chest. Naval officer stripes — with the exception of midshipmen — and bars are surmounted by loop ("curl") inscribed with an initial or symbol denoting branch of service.

Rank insignia on camouflage kit is almost invariably of black thread.


Code Ministers Úeníoiche Ráðherrar Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes[4]
(n/a) Minister of Defence Úeníog an tÁmdhifinn Varnarráðherra (n/a)
(n/a) Minister of State for the Defence Forces Úeníog Úlaidh an tÁmdhifinnlú Varnarliðsrikísráðherra
(n/a) Secretary of State for the Navy, First Lord of the Admiralty Rúnaigh Úlaidh Llíngesó, Cínghlíú an Morlís Rikísritari Sjóhers, Fyrstherra Admirálsráð
Code Chiefs of Staff Mórúarénn an tSáirbhis Forstjórar Stjórna Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
(n/a) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)[5] Bénaidh Úarinn an tÁmdhifinnlú (BUAL) Forstjóri Varnarliðstjórnar (FVLS) Rank insignia of the serving officers
(n/a) First Sea Lord, Chief of the Naval Staff (1SL, CNS)[6] Morghlíú gCíntabh, Bénaidh Úarinn Llíngesó (1MG, BUL) Fyrst Sjóherra, Forstjóri Sjóherstjórnar (1SH, FSS)
(n/a) Second Sea Lord, Chief of the Naval Operations (2SL, CNO)[6] Morghlíú Dháó, Bénaidh Gobruchúighdaithe Mhoró (2MG, BGM) Annar Sjóherra, Forstjóri Sjóherrekstrar (2SH, FSR)
Code Dignity of State[7] Urdhas Ghúlaidh Rikísvirðuleika Sleeve Insignia Epaulettes
OF-10c Grand Admiral of Isselmere-Nieland (GAIN)[8] Móradmirál na hUislíamor-Nhígúlad (MAUN) Mikiladmirál Isslamærar-Nýlands (MAIN) Half-band within two bands surmounted by crown[9] Two cannons[10] crossed within laurel wreath surmounted by crown over the coat of arms circled by four five-pointed stars[11] at 45° to x-y axis
Code Flag Ranks Péimnithe Arúidhinn Tignir Veifu Sleeve Insignia Epaulettes
OF-10b Admiral of the Fleet (AdmFlt)[12][13] Admirál Flídaithe (AdmFlt) Admirál Flota (AdmFlt) Half-band within two bands surmounted by crown Two cannons crossed within laurel wreath surmounted by crown over the coat of arms
OF-10a Admiral-General (AdmGen)[1] Admirálghénearál (AdmGen) Generáladmirál (GenAdm) Two bands surmounted by crown Two cannons crossed within laurel wreath surmounted by crown
OF-9b Admiral (Adm)[14] Admirál (Adm) Admirál (Adm) Band surmounted by four stripes and crown Crown over three stylised roses[15] surmounting sabre crossing baton[16]
OF-9a Lieutenant-Admiral (LAdm) Léghteanantadmirál (LAdm) Admirálliðsforingi (AdmLf) Band surmounted by three stripes and crown Crown over two stylised roses surmounting sabre crossing baton
OF-8 Vice Admiral (VAdm) Bis-Admirál (BAdm) Vis-Admirál (VAdm) Band surmounted by two stripes and crown Crown over stylised rose surmounting sabre crossing baton
OF-7 Rear Admiral (RAdm) Cefnadmirál (CAdm) Gegnadmirál (GegAdm) Band surmounted by stripe and crown Crown surmounting fouled anchor over sabre crossing baton
OF-6 Commodore (Cmdre) Béinnadhúr (Béin) Höfuðsmaður (HÐM) Band surmounted by crown Crown surmounting three pips
Code Senior Officers Ófigeachda Shénochta Yfirforingjar Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
OF-5 Captain (Capt [N]) Capten (Capt [L]) Skipherra (SkH) Four stripes
OF-4 Commander (Cdr) Corchímíonaith [L] (Cor [L]) Skipstjóri (SkS) Three stripes
OF-3 Lieutenant Commander (LCdr) Léghteanantchorchímíonaith [L]
(LCor [L])
Undirskipstjóri (USkS) Thin stripe within two stripes
Code Junior Officers/Subalterns Ófigeachda Ósiau Yngsforingjar Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
OF-2 Lieutenant (Lt [N]) Léghteanant (Lt [L]) Stýrimaður (Stm) Two stripes
OF-1c Sub-Lieutenant (S/Lt) Bis-Léghteanant (BLt [L]) Undirstýrimaður (UStm) Stripe surmounting narrow stripe
OF-1a Midshipman (Midm)[17] or
Acting Sub-Lieutenant (AS/Lt)
Canolloingséabh (CLS) or
Bis-Léghteanant Gníúadh (BLG)
Afleysingaforingi (AF) or
Byrjundirstýrimaður (BUStm)
Code Officer Cadets Daltaí Foringjabyrjendur Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
Work Dress
OF-D Ensign (Ens)[18] Llumenúr (Lmn) Bátsforingjabyrjandi (BFB) Narrow stripe White rhomboid piece of cloth with gold button and white cord twist (graduand) or with silver button and white cord twist (student)
SO Officer Cadet (OCdt) Dalta (D) Foringjabyrjandi (FB) White rectangle on epaulettes
Code Warrant Officers Ófigeaghda Barántaithe Heimildar Untirforingjar Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
OR-10b His Majesty's Warrant Officer of the Defence Forces (HMWODF)[8][19] Ófigeagh Barántaidh an tEidh Mórchaidigh an tÁmdhifinnlú (OBEMAL) Hans Hátignar Flokksstjóri Varnarliðs (HHFSVL) Coat of arms within laurel wreath surmounted by crown
OR-10a Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (CPON)[8][20] Bénmanófigeagh Llíngesó (BMOL) Yfirbátsmaður Sjóhers (YBMSH) Coat of arms within laurel wreath surmounted by stylised rose
OR-9d Fleet Chief Petty Officer (FCPO)[8] Bénmanófigeagh Flídaithe (BMOF) Yfirbátsmaður Flota (YBMF) Coat of arms within laurel wreath
OR-9c Squadron Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)[8] Bénmanófigeagh Shcúadren (BMOS) Yfirbátsmaður Sjósveitar (YBMSS) Coat of arms surmounting Royal Navy insignia
OR-9b Division Chief Petty Officer (DCPO)[8] Bénmanófigeagh Dhosran (BMOD) Yfirbátsmaður Sjódeildar (YBMSD) Coat of arms surmounting crossed cutlasses
OR-9a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Bénmanófigeagh (BMO) Yfirbátsmaður (YBM) Coat of arms
OR-8 Master Petty Officer 1st Class (MPO1) Meistromanófigeagh 1º (MMO1) Aðalbátsmaður 1º (ABM1) Crown within laurel wreath
OR-7 Master Petty Officer 2nd Class (MPO2) Meistromanófigeagh 2º (MMO2) Aðalbátsmaður 2º (ABM2) Crown
Code Senior Rates and Junior Petty Officers Cíbhraithe Shénochta í Manófigeaghda Ósiaithe Hásetar og Bátsmenn Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
OR-6b Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) Manófigeagh 1º (MO1) Bátsmaður 1º (BM1) Three chevrons, surmounted by crown
OR-6a Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Manófigeagh 2º (MO2) Bátsmaður 2º (BM2) Three chevrons, surmounted by crossed stylised fouled anchors or branch symbol
OR-5b Petty Officer 3rd Class (PO3) Manófigeagh 3º (MO3) Bátsmaður 3º (BM3) Three chevrons
OR-5a Master Rate (MH)[8] Bénllongúr (BLL) Meistarháseti (MH) Two chevrons surmounted by crossed stylised fouled anchors
OR-4 Senior Rate (SH) Llongúr Shénogh (LLS) Yfirháseti (YH) Chevron surmounted by crossed stylised fouled anchors
Code Junior Rates Cíbhraithe Ósiau Sjóliðar Sleeve Insignia and Epaulettes
OR-3 Leading Seaman (LH) Llongúr (LL) Aðalháseti (AH) Crossed stylised fouled anchors
OR-2c Able Seaman (AB) Mordúiur (MRD) Háseti (HA) Stylised fouled anchor
OR-2b Ordinary Rate 1st Class (OR1) Morúr 1° (MR1) Sjóliði 1° (SL1) (n/a)
OR-2a Ordinary Rate 2nd Class (OR2) Morúr 2° (MR2) Sjóliði 2° (SL2)
OR-1 Seaman Apprentice (SA) Morúr Dhísgúr (MD) Viðvaningur (VV)

Rank equivalencies and explanations

Several ranks within the UKINDF have different names dependent upon the branch of service or duties performed. There are a plethora of titles based on the generic rank structure for the junior ratings (e.g. Leading Artificer) in the Royal Isselmere-Nieland Navy. Indeed, there are so many titles that they, in sum, exceed the scope of the present document.

Within the Royal Isselmere-Nieland Marines and the Isselmere-Nielander Army, there are likewise differences in rank-titles within each branch of service. These latter are presented above. Please note that in the Marines, a first and second class Private is referred to as "Marine".

Qualification insignia

Pilot’s Wings
Navigator/Weapon Systems Officer Wings
Paratrooper’s Wings
Submariner’s Badge


  1. ^ a  This rank resulted from the division of the rank of Fleet Admiral. Initially, the splitting of that rank would have made Admiral of the Fleet junior to a Grand Admiral of the Navy, but since the head of State of Jimnam is himself a Grand Admiral, the Admiralty felt establishing grand admirals in Isselmere-Nieland would be an affront to a strong ally, hence the adoption of Admiral-General. However, as head of State, the king is entitled to bear the rank of Grand Admiral as commander-in-chief of the Defence Forces.
  2. ^  Commodores command frigate divisions to battleship divisions, whilst Captains command divisions of corvettes and smaller types of ships.
  3. ^  Ships from destroyer-size to the Kingdom class are commanded by Captains, with larger ships commanded by Commodores. Frigates and nuclear-powered attack submarines are commanded by Commanders, whilst conventionally-powered submarines and corvettes are commanded by Lieutenant-Commanders. Lieutenants to Petty Officers command the smaller ships.
  4. ^  If body armour or camouflage uniforms are worn, rank insignia is worn on a chest loop.
  5. ^  The CDS typically bears the most senior rank of his or her service (Naval Service, Army, or Aerospace Service) and is always considered the most senior officer of all three services for command and ceremonial precedence.
  6. ^  This rank is granted to one serving commissioned individual within this service. The Chief of Staff is considered the seniormost officer in the service and is themselves subject to the will of the Crown. Persons with this ranks are granted life peerages with the rank of baron.
  7. ^  Intended as a rank of distinction to be given to a retiring Admiral of the Fleet who has served with exceptional distinction.
  8. ^ a b c d e f  Appointments rather than "true" rank divisions, but with different insignia and higher starting pay.
  9. ^  Stylised rendition of the Union Crown of Heloise II, first used for her coronation in 1552.
  10. ^  Stylised eighteenth-century naval gun.
  11. ^  Refer to the four autonomous regions of the United Kingdom.
  12. ^  Colloquially known as a Fleet Admiral, this rank was a wartime rank granted to one individual within each service held only for the duration of that person's service and was rarely gifted to serving officers, although with the expansion of the armed forces, this practice has fallen into desuetude. The rank may still be rescinded by the state for dishonourable behaviour. In 2005, it was decided to divide the existing rank of Admiral of the Fleet in two, with one proposal to make Fleet Admiral the lesser rank and to establish a Grand Admiral. The Admiralty dismissed the latter rank as the head of State of Jimnam bore that rank, and it was thought that establishing an Isselmere-Nielander grand admiral would be an affront to a firm ally. Even so, Grand Admiral was later introduced as a mark of distinction.
  13. ^  This rank resulted from the division of the rank of Fleet Admiral., this rank was a wartime rank that was rarely gifted to serving officers. With the steady expansion of the armed forces, this practice has fallen into desuetude and it has become comparatively commonplace.
  14. ^  Formerly, OF-9 consisted of a single stratum, but with the expansion of the RINN the new rank of Lieutenant-Admiral, following Dutch naval custom, was established.
  15. ^  Serving officer who is not deck officer qualified. Once qualified, the officer is known as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant (AS/Lt).
  16. ^  A senior officer cadet/student officer (SO), especially one on a training cruise with an operational vessel. For general purposes of rank, an ensign is the equivalent of a Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) and is entitled to the honorific "Mister" or "Mistress".
  17. ^  Granted to a single person within the UKINDF. Persons retiring with rank of HMWODF are granted the honorific "Honourable" and a stipend to be retained throughout their life whilst in good behaviour.
  18. ^  This rank is granted to one serving enlisted individual within the service. Like persons retiring as HMWODF, persons retiring with this rank are entitled to the honorific "Honourable" and a stipend to be retained throughout their life whilst in good behaviour.

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