The history of the Polish Naval Academy dates back to 1st October, 1922 when Head of Maritime Department Vice Admiral Kazimierz Porębski ordered to establish Naval Officers’ School. It was located in Toruń and was composed just of one faculty. Its first superintendent was Lt Cdr Adamy Mohuczy. On 19th October, 1922 the name of the school was changed into Navy Cadets’ School. It was expression of respect given to the tradition,of military school of the Congress Kingdom of Poland.
WWII did not stop the training process. As early as on 25th November, 1939 the Navy Cadets' School was reactivated. It was located in the naval base of Devonport on board the ORP Gdynia, and in 1944 it was moved to Okehampton. On 18th January, 1946 the Supreme Commander of the Polish Armed Forces Marshal Michał Rola-Żymierski issued an order to establish a new naval school. This way Naval Officers’ School was brought into life, which on 11th June, 1955 was changed into Naval College. The school constantly developed scientifically and didactically and on 17th July, 1987 was granted the full status of higher education institution. This led to the creation of the Naval Academy, which still cultivates its message "AMOR PATRIAE SUPREMA LEX".
The Academy educates civilian and military students as well as officers. Captain Prof.Tomasz Szubrycht is Rector-Commandant of the Academy. The school consists of four faculties: Faculty of Navigation and Naval Weapons, Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Command and Naval Operations and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. There are also three inter-faculty departments which help students gain knowledge with regard to languages, maritime and general military issues. Military students have possibility to study one of the two courses: navigation or mechanical engineering. Civilian students can study navigation, information technology, shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, automatics and robotics, mechatronics, national security, pedagogy and a newly started course of homeland security.
Students can expand their knowledge attending postgraduate courses. Twelve are offered at the Academy today. They are as follows: crisis management, management in logistics, use of navigational systems in economy and public administration, hydrography, system engineering - Computer assisted security, security of maritime borders of a country, political marketing, education for security, pedagogy skills, protection of personal data and classified information in international relations, public orders and use of force at sea in international law.
The Training Center of the Academy runs courses based on STCW 78/85, including qualification and specialized courses approved by IMO. The newly established Center for lmprovement organizes qualification-development and improvement courses for naval personnel. Nowadays over 6000 students, trainees and officers study and practise at the Polish Naval Academy. Each year almost 1600 students begin their education at the school. Studying at the Polish Naval Academy students and trainees acquire not only knowledge but also practical skills as the Academy is equipped with several simulators truly reflecting maritime reality. The students have access to a variety of symulators such as GMDSS, navigational, the ship engine, underwater weapons and artillery. The most modern and constantly upgraded is the simulator of navigational bridge of a ship. The didactice base is well supplemented with modern multi-media lecture halIs and classrooms, a gym, and a library. The Academy has its own publishing office, health service and Academic Training Center in Czernica. As the scientific center, it enjoys a well-established reputation in Poland and Europe. Each year it organizes over a dozen of conferences and scientific symposia, including international ones. Its research activities serve mainly for the needs of the Polish Navy and maritime industry. However, as the scientific organization it endeavors to address its innovative solutions and research activities to the industrial sector and some business circles.
Midshipmen can boast their successes as they regularly represent the school at conferences and sports competitions in France, Turkey and Italy.
The mission of the PoIish Naval Academy is to create conditions necessary to provide security for the Republic of Poland at sea through disseminating compreherisive knowledge, conducting research work, educating and developing midshipmen and civilian students, as well as perfecting professional military, and civilian workers, in the administration and maritime industry.