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"Han Solo. I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon."
Han Solo[src]

In civilian life, a captain was an individual who was in charge of a starship.[3] In military organizations such as the Imperial Navy[20] or the Royal Naboo Security Forces,[24] a captain was an officer of high rank with leadership responsibilities.[20][24]

Military organizationsEdit

Galactic RepublicEdit

"My name's Rex, but you'll call me Captain or Sir."
―Clone Captain Rex[src]

A clone trooper naval captain, wearing the rank insignia plaque of a captain

In the Galactic Republic, officers in the army and navy used the rank of captain.[37][40]

Many clone navigation officers, some of whom held the rank of captain, wore a single-rowed plaque, with two red and one blue square (from left to right).[40] In the Grand Army of the Republic, clone troopers in standard Phase I armor who held the rank of Clone Captain were distinguished by red markings on their white armor.[37] After the Battle of Geonosis many clone captains began to customize their phase one armor, such as Captain Rex[41] and Captain Keeli.[42]

Confederacy of Independent SystemsEdit

"Captain! Show this droid what happens when you use that word."
―Osi Sobeck, to a droid commando captain[src]

The Confederacy of Independent Systems used the rank of captain. In the Separatist Droid Army both organic officers[29] and droids could hold the rank.[43] Rackham Sear, a male Kage Warrior served as a captain in the Confederacy military[29] and the Separatist's also utilized BX-series droid commando captains. One captain served at the Citadel.[43]

The rank was also used the Separatist navy. Captain Mar Tuuk served in the CIS navy, and commanded the Ryloth blockade from his Lucrehulk-class Battleship.[44]

Galactic EmpireEdit

Rank insignia black

An Imperial captain, wearing the rank insignia plaque of a captain

In the First Galactic Empire, there were captains in the Imperial Navy,[27][3][20][45] and Imperial Army. A stormtrooper captain from the army served as a military advisor to Queen Trios of Shu-Torun.[46]

On the Imperial insignia plaque of the rank, there were three red colored squares over three blue,[20][27] or alternatively, a single row of of six yellow squares,[27][3] or three blue squares followed by two red.[27]

The term could also refer to anyone who captained a vessel, regardless of their military rank. Thrawn captained the Chimaera while serving at the rank of commodore.[25]

Alliance to Restore the RepublicEdit

Rebel captain badge

The command insignia of a rebel captain

In the Alliance to Restore the Republic there were captains both in the army and the navy.[27][3][20][45]

On the insignia of a rebel captain, there is two colored pips over each other.[27][3][20][45] The color of the pips (red or blue) indicates the branch of service.[47]

This is true of the early rebellion as well.[48]

First OrderEdit

"I know I'm not supposed to initiate contact with officers, but look at you! Never took you for captain material. Batch Eight, heigh-ho!"
―Stormtrooper 926, to a disguised Finn[src]

In the First Order, there were captains in the navy,.[26][49] and Army. Two captains in the army's Stormtrooper corps were Cardinal and Phasma.[9]

The First Order ranks were marked by a combination of uniform color and arm insignia, worn on the left sleeve of the uniform.[26] The First Order captains wore a gray uniform with a black armband edged in silver, bearing the name of Dillon, a particular Imperial hero of the Galactic Civil War, depicted in silver Aurebesh letters.[49]


"Our plan, Captain? Not commander, right? Wasn't it Leia's last official act to demote you?"
Amilyn Holdo, to Poe Dameron[src]
Resistance Army Captain badge

The command insignia of a Resistance Army Captain

Resistance Navy Captain badge

The command insignia of a Resistance Navy Captain

In the Resistance, there were captains both in the army, and the navy.[49]

The rank badge of the Resistance captains bore a colored vertical line. The red colored were for personell in the army, while blue was for the navy.[49]

In the Resistance navy, the rank of Captain was lower than that of Commander.[8]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
  2. StarWars-DatabankII Captain Cassian Andor in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  4. 4.0 4.1 Aftermath
  5. 5.0 5.1 Before the Awakening
  6. 6.0 6.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  7. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Ghosts of Geonosis"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  9. 9.0 9.1 Phasma
  10. Last Shot
  11. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  12. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Recruit"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  14. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "In the Name of the Rebellion"
  15. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  16. Shattered Empire, Part IV
  17. Star Wars Battlefront II
  18. 18.0 18.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  19. Lords of the Sith
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.8 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  22. Star Wars 22: The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part II
  23. 23.0 23.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Legends of the Lasat"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  25. 25.0 25.1 Thrawn
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  28. Lost Stars
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Kanan 8: First Blood, Part II: The Towers of the Temple
  30. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Crawler Commandeers"
  31. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Antilles Extraction"
  32. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait 1
  33. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Hera's Heroes"
  34. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Machine in the Ghost"
  35. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  36. StarWars-DatabankII Grand Moff Tarkin in the Databank (backup link)
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  38. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
  39. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  40. 40.0 40.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  41. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  42. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
  43. 43.0 43.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
  44. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  46. Darth Vader 19: The Shu-Torun War, Part IV
  47. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  48. Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary

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