Commander and Lieutenant Commander

These ranks should not be abbreviated.

How to Address a Commander or Lieutenant-Commander

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Commander/Lieutenant-Commander Jones
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Commander John Smith, CBE, Royal Navy; Lieutenant Commander James Jones, Royal Navy
Verbal communication Commander Smith*/Lieutenant Commander Smith
Invitation Commander John Smith/Lieutenant Commander James Jones
Description in conversation Commander Smith/Lieutenant Commander Jones
List of Directors or Patrons Commander John Smith; Lieutenant Commander James Jones
Place card Commander John Smith/Commander James Jones

*A younger man, or a more junior officer in any of the Armed Forces, addresses him as 'Sir'.

SHARE THIS:

Forms Of Address

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's new publication encompassing correct form, modern manners and everyday behaviour

search now
Debrett's Stationery

Debrett's Stationery

Debrett's Courses

Debrett's Courses

Training & Classes

Training & Classes

Providing the skills and confidence to be welcome and at ease in any professional or social situation.

search now