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Naval Academy



Address Polish Naval Academy, Smidowicza 69, 81 -127 Gdynia, Poland
Tel. No. +48 58 626 22 79
Fax No. +48 58 620 30 91
Faculties & Colleges
  • Faculty of Navigation and Naval Weapons
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Type & length of courses - 4 - year full-time studies at the BS level
    - 2.5 year full-time studies at the MS level for graduates of the studies at the BS
    - 2 year part-time postgraduate MSc course
    - PhD individual study
    - non-residential postgraduate studies
    - supplementary courses
    Date of commencement The academic year starts on 1 October each year
    Class size 15 - 30 persons
    Accommodation Available


    Faculties & Colleges

    Division of Navigation and Naval Weapons

    Commandant - head of Division of Navigation and Naval ordnance is Capt. Stanislaw Kolaczynski, Prof.NA

    DNNO trains midshipmen during a four-year undergraduate course of study with a major in navigation, within-the major specialisation in operation of shipboard systems. Graduates are conferred the title of engineer, deep-sea navigator. The division also offers courses for naval officers aimed at improving their qualifications, which include specialised courses, post-graduate studies, and Ph. D. Studies. Since 1996 the Division has also run undergraduate extramural courses (also for civilian students) with a major in navigation, within-the major specialisation in hydrographic survey and navigational marking, and with major, within-the major specialisation in defence education pedagogy. It also offers graduate, master's degree programs in navigation.

    DNNO also trains personnel for the needs of the maritime industries - in line with IMO requirements, in the system of model courses:

    - management level - voyages with no limits;
    - operational level - voyages with no limits;
    - management level, near coastal voyages of less than 500 GT;
    - operational level, near coastal voyages of less than 500 GT;

    as well as:

    - rescue courses (ITR);
    - courses for sea hydrapher - class B;
    - courses for GPS operators;
    - courses for ARPA operators;
    - courses for GMDSS operators;
    - pedagogical courses.

    The DNNO is composed of:

    - Institute of navigation and Sea Hydrography
    - Weapons Institute
    - Department of Communications and Technical Observation
    - Dep. of Humanities and Social Studies
    - Dep. of ABC Warfare

    Under the institutes there are departments and laboratories.
    Institute of Navigation and Hydrography consists of Department of Shipboard Systems and Navigational Instruments; Department of Deep-sea Navigation; Department of Navigational and Hydrographic Support, and Department of Sea-manship and Search and Rescue; Institute of Ordnance consists of Department of Undersea Weapons and Counter-Mine Measures; Department of Missile and Artillery; Laboratory of Exercise Range Research; Underwater Weapons Simulator.

    Division of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

    Commandant- Head of Division of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering is Capt. Adam Charchalis. Prof.

    Candidates for officers are offered a 4-year undergraduate course of study. Graduates are conferred the title of engineer, ships mechanic or ships electrician.

    There are two majors offered: in mechanical engineering, within-the major specialisation in shipboard machinery and marine power plants, and in electrical engineering, within-the-major specialisation in electrical and electrotechnological equipment.

    The Division also runs 4 year undergraduate extramural programs (for civilian students) with majors in mechanics and machinery construction, within-the major specialisation in marine power plant operation; operation of sea installations and equipment; operation of installations and pipelines of land power - engineering equipment. There is also a program with major in electrotechnology, within-the-major specialisation in electrotechnology and shipboard automation, and operation of electric machinery and equipment. It also offers a course in fire fighting-basic level.

    In the conduct of research the division concentrates on the following areas: diving techniques and underwater work technology; operation of marine power plants and propulsion systems; ship impact strength; automation of shipboard systems; reliability of shipboard systems.

    The Division of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering is composed of the following organisational units:

    - Institute of Fundamentals of Shipboard Machinery Construction
    - Institute of Shipboard Equipment and Propulsion Systems
    - Institute of Technical Operation of Ships
    - Institute of Electronics and Electrotechnology
    - Mathematics Department
    - Physics Department

    The Institute of Fundamentals of Shipboard Machinery Construction consists of Fundamentals of Machinery Construction; Department of Mechanical Engineering; Department of Metal Science and Material Technology, and Laboratory of Material Engineering.

    The Institute of Shipboard Equipment and Propulsion Systems consists of Department of Marine Propulsion Systems, Department of Ship Construction and Life, and Department of Diving Equipment and Underwater Work Technology.

    The Institute of Technical Operation of Ships consists of Department of Marine Engines and Turbine Sets, Department of Operation of Ships, and Laboratory of Operation of Shipboard Equipment.

    The Institute of Electronics and Electrotechnology includes Department of Electrotechnology, Department of Electronics, and Department of Ship Automation

    Command and Staff Institute

    Commandant of Command and Staff Institute is Capt. Andrzej Makowski, Prof. NA.

    The Command and Staff Institute is an academic and research body that provides officers and midshipmen with knowledge in areas concerned with conduct of operations, tactics, logistics,, and it pursues research in the fields mentioned above. It plays the leading part in managing academic processes at graduate level of education (master's degree), post-graduate studies and advanced officers, courses with a major in command and staff, within the major specialisation in operational art and tactics.

    The Institute is composed of:

    -Command Department
    -Department of Operational Art And Tactics
    -Department of Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
    -Department of Logistics
    -tactical simulator.

    The workers of the institute participate in developing detailed analyses related to new types of warships and fighting means made in Polish shipyards and workshops, conduct complex research projects focused on key issues in naval tactics and operational art. Apart from that, they contribute to developing theoretical assumptions of naval operational and tactical concepts, adapted to the requirements of military and geographical features of the theatre of operation. CSI has done long term studies in the conduct of operations and tactics, focused on the development of combat forces and means in closed sea, and it has worked out theoretical fundamentals for commanding forces in the navy and has undertaken several other indispensable measures.

    Since 22 June 1992 the institute has the authority to confer a doctor's degree in military sciences. As part of integration efforts with NATO the curricula for training officers have been revised, during the last three years which has resulted in extending the range of issues concerned with state security policy, international law and EXTACs and STANAGs, being in force. A daytime postgraduate course has been developed with major in command and staff, within-the-major specialisation in naval logistics. The syllabus of the course parallels with the concepts for such courses adopted in NATO. The research projects being conducted are related to broadly understood issues of integration with North Atlantic Alliance, and also to history of naval warfare and naval wars.


    EDUCATION In 1995 Academy introduced a new curriculum of study. At the moment undergraduate course of study lasts 4 years, and graduates are commissioned as ensigns and are conferred the title of engineer. Each of them has opportunities to upgrade their qualifications at 2-year, master level studies an all majors offered at the Academy at the respective divisions.

    Each academic year is split into two terms- winter and summer. They embrace 15 weeks of training at the Academy and 2 weeks of examination session. Additionally there are practical training periods of approximately 9 weeks each, at sea or industrial plants. With regard to trainees' status the practical training is classed as seamanship, petty officership and officership. With regard to the contents, however, they are classed as sailing-rowing, sailing, weapons, repair technology, and command. Specific practical training courses held in the navigation and naval weapons major program are: astronomic navigation and weapons operation; and in the mechanical and electrical engineering majors program: ship damage control and skin diving.

    The aim of practical training is to familiarise the trainees with the essentials of sea environment, naval courtesy, ceremony and customs, and operation and employment of weapons and technical equipment of ships fighting means at sea.

    Future deck officers are trained to navigate during a long stay at sea aboard one of the following training ships: the ORP Gryf, the ORP Wodnik or the ORP Iskra. The potential officers-mechanics or electricians become familiar with the equipment of a power plant and principles of its operation in warships, technological, production and repair processes of the equipment at industrial plants. During the final term of study, for 10 weeks, midshipmen prepare their engineer research papers. Graduates from the undergraduate program (ensigns, engineers, sea navigators, ship mechanics, and ship electricians) can occupy the following posts:

    -aboard ship: head of ship department, executive officer, ship commanding officer; -ashore: assistant, lecturer, engineer and specialist in naval unit (institution). After the promotion and a tour of duty in naval units graduates can earn advanced academic degree at 2-year master courses in an appropriate engineering major. Since 1992 some midshipmen of NA have had opportunities to study in maritime colleges of the United States.

    The educational and personality development activities of the Academy are aimed at training highly qualified commanders and specialists for the needs of the fleet units and staffs of the navy. Altogether the are occupied by the Academy is over 25 hectares. The Academy possesses 22 buildings and 69 educational rooms, including 4 auditoriums, 27 laboratories, 16 specific-subject-study rooms and 22 lecture rooms with all necessary equipment and audio-visual aids. At the moment, the Academy employs 14 professors, 25 assistant professors and 82 doctors. They are academic teachers of high scientific and pedagogic qualifications related to shipboard service.

    Research and Development

    Apart from education, research and development constitutes an essential function of each university. In our Alma Mater it has had various dimensions, dependent on historical period, different in the between the wars period, different during the war, and still different after its conclusion. Development and modernisation of didactic base in various periods of the Academy, and adaptation and design of ships for practical raining can be listed as the most important projects realised for over seventy years, which testify to the significant role of research in support of teaching. In the between-the-wars period the following ships were built:

    The ORP Wilja, the ORP Lwów, the ORP Warta, mine-layer the ORP Gryf, the ORP Iskra; after the war the ORP Gryf, the ORP Wodnik, the ORP Gryf (deign - 888), the ORP Iskra, the ORP Podchorazy, the ORP Kadet and the ORP Elew. At present research projects also support the process of teaching and personality development of the students.

    Since 1960 contribution of research workers to designing, modernisation and building of naval ship has grown. Following decisions by higher superiors, the Academy has become a research and development institution. It serves as a branch institute, which means, its research and development efforts have been strictly subordinated to the requirements of the navy with regard to progress in operational-tactical concepts, technology and weapons, training and personality development. It has been assumed that the Academy will carry out major research and development projects to meet the needs of the navy - within specific specialisation, and it will use 80% of its research capacity to this end.

    The number of research achievements, which was the highest in the 1970s, decreased significantly from 1980 to 1990 due to the economic depression of the country and the weakened function of science. Despite the fact that difficulties were towering the research teams managed to successfully carry out several complex projects, piloting a series of measures. Which also included implementation. Since 1994 a significant rise in interest in research and development programs has been recorded. Over these years the Academy has carried out several research and development projects.

    Research workers have placed patent proposals with the Patent Office, which have resulted in obtaining 155 patents. They have also obtained 40 proprietary titles for utility patterns. In return for the achievements in this field the Academy has been awarded with "Meritorious Achievements in Invention and Improvement" medal and title by Prime Minister of Poland; "Defence Improvement Maker" badge; A Diploma and a Commander in Chief of the Polish Navy Cup; entering in "Honorary Book of Improvement Makers and Innovators"; a Diploma and Cup "For Meritorious Achievements for Gdansk District". Singular persons have been awards and badges for meritorious improvement maker.

    The consequences of research activities are publications - books, monographs, textbooks, manuals and articles in local and international scientific journals. Each year the personnel of the Academy publish 2-5 books and monographs, 10 textbooks, 20 manuals, 100 articles and the same number of papers at scientific conferences.

    A substantial part of research effort serves defence purposes and is concerned with building ships, equipment, gear and weapons, operational-tactical issues, problems of technical operation, personality development and support of the didactic process. These issues dominate in doctoral and post-doctoral thesis. Part of the research projects have been done (or adapted) for the needs of the maritime industries.

    The Naval Academy of today is a school of known achievements and extensive scientific contacts in Poland and abroad, among others USA, Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden, Holland, Canada. Every year it holds approximately 12 scientific conferences and symposia, 3 of them have international character. Its scientists attend a lot of international conferences. The official periodical presenting the scientific achievements of its personnel is "Zeszyty Naukowe" published for almost thirty years.

    Pictures taken at scientific conferences and symposia Executive Administration and personnel of the Academy emphasise the significance of research programs, treating the research results achieved and implemented as concrete contribution to increasing defence capacity of the Polish Navy and maritime industries of our country.


    The major duty of the Academy's students (daytime, external, and civilian-extramural) is to make full use of the educational opportunities offered. They are entitled to develop their scientific interests and participate in work of all organisations acting at the Academy: Midshipman Self-government, club activities, HYDRUS Science-fiction Club, MANTA Underwater Activity Club, ISKRA Sports Association. Sailing enjoys high popularity, and possibility of earning a patent of yachtsman and attending local and international races enhances the interest in it.

    Students, by the consent of Commandant-President, can be offered tailor-made curricula, developed for singular students.

    Students participate in various celebrations such as the anniversary of foundation of Naval Officers' School (1 October), which is the main feast-day of the Academy, academic year inauguration and matriculation of people admitted at the Academy, handing in end-of-school diplomas; Midshipman Day, promotion to the first officer rank; taking oath of office; conferring titles of doctor honoris causa, making doctoral pledge.

    Students-midshipmen are entitled to free of charge uniforms (service and working), full board and accommodation at midshipman's halls (two-bedded) rooms. They receive complete equipment necessary to study and monthly pay whose amount depends on the class, military rank, performed functions and midshipman achievement.

    Extramural and external civilian students and participants in various courses pay tuition fees whose amount changes every year. In the course of study they can stay and eat at Academy's hotel (paid as in other students' halls in Tricity.


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