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Commander is a military rank or title, and was used in several different ways during the era of the Clone Wars, Galactic Civil War and Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

Military usageEdit

As a generic mode of address, "commander" was appropriate to many military officers - almost anyone holding a distinct unit or ship command could be called "commander" in this way, although the commanding officers of capital ships usually preferred to be addressed as "Captain". Alongside this generic usage, "Commander" was also used as a specific rank, with several different meanings depending on the context.

Navy ranksEdit

  • In many naval hierarchies, including those of the Old Republic, the Imperial Navy, the Rebel Alliance, the New Republic and the Galactic Alliance, a Commander ranked below a Captain.

Army/Starfighter ranksEdit

Other systemsEdit

  • In the GAR, the rank of Commander was borne by senior clone officers, and some Jedi, including many padawans.
  • Among the Yuuzhan Vong, most warship captains and a few taskforce commanders bore a rank of Commander, and superior officers were known as Supreme Commanders.
  • In the armed forces of the Chiss Ascendancy, variations on "Commander" were used as ranks or titles in a variety of different contexts. In the years before the Clone Wars, a frontier patrol group of the Expansionary Fleet could be commanded by an officer with the title of Force Commander, often simply styled "Commander" (Crahsystor in Cheunh). Much later, in c. 1922 BBY, examples are also known of a Phalanx Commander leading a Household Phalanx and a Station Commander commanding a defense platform, while the title Cadet Commander was given to the senior cadet in a Chiss training squadron, who could also be addressed as "Lieutenant". By the time of the Swarm War in 37 ABY, the term "Commander" was used in Basic to translate the rank analogous to a naval Commander in the Galactic Alliance, one grade below Captain, but is not clear whether this usage corresponded to any of the earlier terminology.

Superior ranksEdit

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