is a military rank
used in many navies
that is superior to a navy captain
, but below a rear admiral
. Non-English-speaking nations often use the rank of flotilla admiral
or counter admiral
as an equivalent, although the latter may also correspond to rear admiral.
Traditionally, "commodore" is the title for any officer assigned to command more than one ship at a time, even temporarily, much as "captain" is the traditional title for the commanding officer of a single ship even if the officer's official title in the service is a lower rank.
As an official rank, a commodore typically commands a flotilla
of ships as part of a larger task force
or naval fleet
commanded by an admiral
It is often regarded as a one-star rank
with a NATO
code of OF-6
(which is known in the U.S. as "rear admiral
(lower half)"), but whether it is regarded as a flag rank
varies between countries.