- For the position of Commanding Officer of Star Fleet, see Commanding Officer.
- For the Marine rank of Captain, see Marine Captain.
Captain is a military rank, the equivalent of which is used by the service organizations of many civilizations. The title of captain is often used by vessel commanders and as a naval rank in many Earth navies and Star Fleet, is above commander.
On starships, the term captain is also often used as a synonym to commanding officer. Proper naval parlance says that, even if a vessel is commanded by an officer whose rank is lower than captain, that officer is still able to be referred to as a captain while on the deck of their own vessel, no matter their literal commissioned rank.
Captains of starships, often located hundreds of light years away from and out of communications with higher authority, must be able to function autonomously and make independent command decisions affecting Federation policy and countless lives. Accordingly, few Star Fleet officers ever gain the captaincy of a starship, the result of decades of sustained excellence as a Star Fleet leader.
A senior captain given a large degree of responsibility or administrative assignment is sometimes given the title of fleet captain.
The rank of captain may also be held by non-command personnel, especially on ships with a number of veteran and senior officers whose experience has warranted advancement to the rank of captain but without command of a starship.
Rank pips for captain are four solid pips, worn on the collar.
- The points required for this position are 57,600 - 71,999.
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