Rank Markings - Enlisted Personnel

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Service Dress - 1940 to 1973

Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer

 

Service Dress  - 1973

Ordinary Seaman Able Seaman Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer
 

 

 
Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer      

 

Sliders

In this series of ranks there was no slider for the Ordinary and Able Seaman.  They were introduced much later.  The quality of the slider was always very good and to a set size.   Two variations also exist for this series  and are displayed below, they are brighter in colour and the chevrons have borders.

Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer
       
  Senior Chief Petty Officer      

 

The following set were introduced in 2002 and are  woven and not thread.  For the first time the WO slider has been introduced with the branch badge woven in.

 

Ordinary Seaman Able Seaman Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer (Executive) Warrant Officer (Communications) Warrant Officer (Administration)
       
Warrant Officer (Engineering)        

 

 

 Subdued Sliders

The Naval Service introduced subdued rank markings circa 1997.  They were the flat type for wear on the front of the jacket.  Only the ranks shown below were made because they were the most likely ranks to be going on overseas service (hence the reason no Senior Chief Petty Officer or Warrant Officer badge).  Naval personnel with some battalions were issued with them while other battalions were not.

Able Seaman Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer

 

The under mentioned are the 2nd pattern of subdued ranks.  They are a better quality and are a slider type.  These ranks were introduced circa 2000. 

Able Seaman Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer
     
Senior Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer      

 

 

The under mentioned are the 3rd pattern of subdued ranks.  Again, they are of a good quality but the colour is more of an olive drab.  These ranks were introduced in May 2003. 

 

No Rank Produced

Seaman Able Seaman Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer

   
Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer    

 

 

Sliders

These rank markings were originally introduced for the Naval Service but with the introduction of the gold rank slider for the navy these blue ranks were then issued to the Naval Reserve (Slua Muiri).  In 2002 these were phased out and the Slua adopted the gold pattern.

For a short period of time a darker shade of blue rank slider existed in this series. These were actually worn by naval personnel only.

Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer

 

 

Rank Marking Variations - LE. Eithne

These three rank markings were produced for the crew of the LE. Eithne prior to a cruise to Spain.  They were the forerunners of the blue insignia.  I only have  three of the ranks but one also exists for the Senior Petty Officer.

Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer

 

Thread Variations - 1970's

Leading Seaman Petty Officer Senior Petty Officer  Chief Petty Officer

 

White Front Rank Variation

Only produced in Leading Seaman for wear on the white front.

Leading Seaman

Leading Seaman

 

 

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 Page Updated : Sunday, 23 March 2014