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1. a military officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a captain
2. a naval officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a lieutenant commander



a junior military officer rank in the armed forces of the USSR (introduced on Sept. 22, 1935) and in the majority of foreign states.

The title “lieutenant” originated in France in the 15th century to describe the post of deputy chief of a detachment, or deputy captain. In the second half of the 17th century lieutenant became a rank in the army and navy in France and other countries. The Russian Navy had the rank of lieutenant from 1701 to 1917.



(poruchik). (1) A junior officer’s rank in the Russian Army above the rank of sublieutenant (podporuchik). The rank was instituted in the 17th century. The corresponding rank in cossack units was sotnik

(2) In the Polish Army (porucznik, “first lieutenant”) and in the Czechoslovak People’s Army (poručík, “lieutenant”), the rank of a junior officer.

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Beg pardon, lieutenant," said the midshipman, "but cannot President Barbicane write?
The young midshipman, who had a certain amount of imagination, was loudly applauded; Lieutenant Bronsfield allowing that the idea was possible, but observing that if by these means they could receive news from the lunar world they could not send any from the terrestrial, unless the Selenites had instruments fit for taking distant observations at their disposal.
It is clear," replied Lieutenant Bronsfield, "that J.
At that moment (it was seventeen minutes past one in the morning) Lieutenant Bronsfield was preparing to leave the watch and return to his cabin, when his attention was attracted by a distant hissing noise.
Here Lieutenant Harold Percy Smith-Oldwick saw a number of Negresses engaged in laying fagots around a stake and in preparing fires beneath a number of large cooking vessels.
Usanga was eyeing the white man closely, but if he expected to be rewarded by any signs of fear, he was doomed to disappointment and the young lieutenant merely turned toward him with a shrug: "Really now, do you beggars intend eating me?
Lieutenant General Staff Mohammed bin Awadh bin Mansour Suhaim, Commander of the air defence forces, was terminated and retired.
According to the spokesperson, State Defence Minister Lieutenant General Ali Mohamed Salim has been promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant General.
Srinagar (J-K) [India] February 01 ( ANI ): Lieutenant General AK Bhatt on Thursday took over as the 47th Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps.
According to a press release by ISPR, Lieutenant Abdul Moid and Sepoy Basharat embraced martyrdom when terrorists fired on a military vehicle from surrounding mountains.
Major General Majid Ehsan, Major General Aamir Abbasi, Major General Abdullah Dogar, and Major General Hamood uz Zaman have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, the military's media wing said.
Major General Majid Ehsan after promotion as Lieutenant General have been posted as President National Defence University, while Major General Abdullah Dogar after promotion as Lieutenant General have been appointed Corps Commander Multan, the ISPR statement added.