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Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 755
04-09-2011, 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by AdSin15 View Post
Traditionally the rank of Commodore is granted to the leader of a task force or squadron who is of equal rank to other officers within the group in order to establish chain of command.

So if you have a squadron of 12 ships where the commanding officers consist of 3 Captains, 4 Commanders and 5 Lt. Commanders you would give one Captain the temporary rank of Commodore to denote the fact that his orders supersede those of the other captains.
You are correct, but, it was atemporary rank, but, became a substantive rank in the Royal Navy in 1996 (i think)...