The Prosperan Republican Navy (PRN) is the naval warfare and peacekeeping service branch of the Prosperan Military and the first and foremost of the three uniformed services of the military. The Navy has over a million personnel active on carriers alone, and over twenty million on active duty on accompanying cruisers and starports, plus up to five million on reserve status at any one time. It has over 500 deployable starships and tens of thousands of smaller fighters and skiffs.
Arguably, the Navy's greatest weakness is its lack of wartime experience. There has not truly been an active total war in Prospera since before space colonization, and the largest rebellions were fairly localized and involved heavy Prospector involvement. The Navy's lack of discipline is largely due to long periods of peace that make its existence questionable at the least. Some conspiracies state the Navy's weakness is specifically designed by the Prospectors to keep potential threats mediocre.
The Prosperan Navy traces its origins to the navy of Prospita, which was established during the dark era, which was used to protect trade fleets and the city itself. As the federation grew, the Navy expanded to also include privateer actions and the enforcement of trade agreements. After the Unification, the Navy was combined with the Prosperan Air Force to create the Prosperan Interstellar Navy, which was the first entity allowed to weaponize space, formed to manage and protect colonies. After Prospector year 0, the Navy was reorganized as the Prosperan Republican Navy to reflect the new structure of the government.
The Navy is managed by The Council, as well as the three Carrier Admirals (sometimes called *First Admirals* who each command their respective carrier fleets. The three current CAs are, in order of service years, Admiral Hashur, Admiral May, and Admiral Rasar.
Each battleship holds an Admiral, as do certain large battlecruisers. The total number of Admirals in the Navy numbers no more than about three hundred, unlike the Army, which has thousands of generals. The rank of Rear Admiral is actually a temporary position, and assigned to a number of Captains when a fleet is assembled to designate successors to positions of commands and flank/rear commanders in the event a Navigator is not present. Each ship, regardless of size, has a Captain, unless it already has some sort of Admiral. Thus, the average Carrier Fleet will feature one Carrier Admiral, four Rear Admirals, and forty-two Captains. This number can fluctuate based on the number of Rear Admirals appointed during a conflict. If a Rear Admiral performs well in combat, they will almost always be promoted to Admiral afterwards, though not all Admirals actually command ships, many serving on space stations or in large Navy headquarters near the core.
Wing Commanders have several duties and are the highest rank a Navy officer can attain while remaining within their career field. Past this point, their work becomes entirely either administrative or command related. A Wing Commander is either one of the leading chief people in their career field, or a literal wing commander of a fighter wing. Ace Strike Suit pilots also hold the rank of Wing Commander.
Flight Commanders command squadrons of enlisted Navy personnel, and also serve as the lead pilot in growler packs. Strike Suit pilots are also generally Flight Commanders once they leave training.
Lieutenants are respective experts in their career field. They generally act as a command in their respective departments, leading enlisted personnel though in lower number than a Flight Commander. Pilots also carry specialized loadouts because of experience in the field. The ranks of Lieutenant and Flight Commander are usually interchangeable by design, so that the absence of one can be filled by the other, especially downwards.
Sub-lieutenants are learning their profession and usually act as assistants to higher ranked officers while doing their duties and learning their specializations and getting field experience. Sub-lieutenants are the general fighter pilots, as well.
Ensigns are not yet truly officers, and are any prospects still going through academies or officer training corps.
There are also special automatic commissions that can be sought after by certain people well versed in high intensity, academic professions. Medical professionals, especially surgeons, can seek a direct commission to Flight Commander by serving as a ship or station doctor. Scholars and engineers can also seek direct commissions to similar ranks by displaying special talent and aptitude in their professions. There are many regulations that state the requirements to elevate someone quickly like this, and regular admirals cannot promote by themselves without system approval. However, Prospectors may appoint any person they deem fit to any position at any time.
The Navy utilizes several uniforms for different purposes. The most seen and most common uniform is combat dress, a grey, white, and tan multicamo pattern. This uniform is considered the day to day work uniform of most crew members, though officers rarely if ever wear this uniform.
The primary officer's uniform is a pair of black oxford shoes, pressed white pants, and a red long-sleeved button shirt covered by a sleeveless vest. When in full service dress, this is also covered by a navy blue coat bearing rank insignia. Optionally, they may also wear black gloves. The color of the vest varies by the grade of the officer, ranging from red for subalterns, gold for commanders and captains, and white for admirals. The enlisted dress uniform is the same, but features no vest.
Rank insignias vary. Enlisted insignias are a number of diamonds on the shoulders the number of which and whether they are filled or not determines rank.
Officers carry a number of insignias, which are displayed on their collar.
Sub-lieutenant: A single silver bar. Lieutenant: Two parallel silver bars. Flight Commander: A Prosperan tree. Wing Commander: A Prosperan scimitar. Captain: Two crossed scimitars. Rear Admiral: A wing. Admiral: Two wings.