Commander was the second highest line-officer military ranks among commissioned officers in some star-faring species in their star navies. A person holding the rank of commander was immediately superior to a lieutenant commander and immediately subordinate to a captain, and could serve in a wide range of high-responsibility roles, including, but not limited to, starship command of a smaller starship, starbase or space station command, or an executive officer.

A person in command of a starship was addressed as "Captain" no matter what rank she held.

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