This is a term of endearment and respect when you hear it used among military personnel. This term refers to the person who is in charge of a boat , ship, or vessel while it is out at sea. The skipper is in command of the vessel and may or may not be the highest ranking person on the vessel.
This term is more commonly used among civilians on boats or yachts. Other military terms which mean the same thing are Captain, or Commander. The word is derived from the Dutch word schipper which actually means “ship.” So now you know.
If you have ever been affiliated with a seagoing vessel you can create your own custom US Navy Commemorative Ring to show your affiliation. You can choose between celestrium, silver, 10kt, and 14kt gold for your metal choices. There are many ways to show or state your affiliation on the sides of the ring.