The history of the Polish Naval Academy dates back to 1 October, 1922 when Head of Maritime Department vice - Admiral Kazimierz Porębski ordered to establish Naval Officers’ School. It was located In Toruń and was comosed of one faculty. It is first superintendents was Lt Cdr Adamy Mohuczy. On 19 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 trakring process. As early as on 25 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 18 January, the Supreme Commander of the Polish Armed Forces Michał Rola-Żymierski issued an order to establish a new naval school. This way Naval Officers’ School was brought into life, which was on 11 June, 1995 was changed into Naval College. On 17 July, 1987 the school was granted the full status of higher education institution.
The Academy educates civilian and military students as well as officer cadres. Captain Tomasz Szubrycht is Rector-Commandant of the Academy. The school is composed 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 are offered studyone of the two courses: navigation or mechanical engineering. Civilian student can choose from: 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, pedagogie 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 6000 over students, traines and officers study and train 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, marine power plant test bed, underwater weapons and artillery. The most modern and constantly upgraded is the Simulator of navigational bridge. 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 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, condtucting research work, educating and developing midshipmen and civilian students, as well as perfecting professional military, and civilian workers, in the administration and maritime industry.