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In most Science Fiction, the rank and command structure is based on real world navies; as such the rank of a commanding officer of a starship can range from Ensign all the way to Admiral, depending for the most part on the size of the vessel.

Captain is both a rank and title. In a military structure based on real world navies, the rank of Captain falls between 'Commander' and 'Admiral'

The title of Captain refers to the officer in command of the vessel, who is responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including navigation, crew management, etc. All persons on board, including officers and crew, other shipboard staff members, passengers, and guests, are under the captain's authority and are his ultimate responsibility.

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