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Oberleutnant zur See
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shoulder board / cuff title / mounting loop
Rank insignia German officer rank
Introduction 1898
Rank group Commissioned officers
Navy Oberleutnant zur See
Army / Air Force Oberleutnant
Army First lieutenant
Navy *Lieutenant Junior Grade *Sub-Lieutenant

Oberleutnant zur See (OLt zS or OLZS[1] in the German Navy, Oblt.z.S. in the Kriegsmarine) is traditionally the first and highest Lieutenant grade in the German Navy. It is grouped as OF-1a in NATO, equivalent to a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy, and a Sub-Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy

The rank was introduced in the Imperial German Navy by renaming the former rank of Premier Lieutenant in 1890. In navy context officers of this rank were simply addressed as Herr Oberleutnant. To distinguish naval officers from officers of the army, the suffix zur See (at sea) was added in official communication, sometimes shortened to z.S. or Oblt.z.S. The rank has since been used by the Reichsmarine, the Kriegsmarine, and the German Navy. In the Volksmarine the rank was originally used in the same way until the suffix zur See was dropped. In the Kriegsmarine engineers (Ingenieur - Ing.) of the same rank would be Oberleutnant (Ing.).

junior rank
Leutnant zur See
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(German officer rank)
Oberleutnant zur See

senior rank

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Equivalent in other countriesEdit


  1. ^ "Bundeswehr Dienstgrade in der Marine". Retrieved 22 March 2018.