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a man who serves as a sailor
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



or sailor, the first (junior) military rank in the navy, corresponding to the rank of soldier in the other branches of the armed forces. The rank was introduced in the USSR in July 1946 to replace the rank of Red Navy seaman; the rank of seaman first class, corresponding to private first class, also exists. The Russian Navy had the ranks of seaman second class and seaman first class. In the merchant fleet a sailor is one who serves on the ship’s crew.

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