Naval and Maritime Academy

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Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee
Active 15 January 1967 – Present
Country Sri Lanka
Type Training
Role Officer and Sailor Training
Garrison/HQ SLN Dockyard, Trincomalee
Nickname NMA
Motto Moulding future Admirals
Anniversaries 15 July
Commanders
Commandant Commodore YN JAYARATHNA RWP,RSP,USP,MSc(DS),MSc(Hydrography)

History[edit]

The necessity to establish a separate Academy was felt hence, NMA was established at present location on 15thJanuary 1967 and was subsequently commissioned on 15thJuly 1967 with Instructor Commander MGSPerera as the first Commandant, who was also the main pillar behind establishment of NMA as its proud founderfather. With the commissioning, officer training, till then were undertaken by the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, came within the ambit of NMA.

NMA has proved its mettle by training an umpteen number of officers and sailors to cater the needs of Sri Lanka Navy and still it shoulders that endeavour, being unparalleled to any other institution.Apart from initial officer training for various entrants,NMA today conducts Sub Lieutenant Technical Courses for Executive, Logistic and NPM branch officers, in addition to training of other officer grades such as Direct Entry (Degree holders), Service Entry & Short Service commissioned schemes. The Officer Cadet Entry scheme was accredited to the esteemed University of Kelaniyasince year 2001. The academy at present is accredited to KotelawalaDefence University too and is expanding to meet the Naval & National demands.

All officer undertraineeswho undergo the stipulatedprogramme at present are conferred with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval and Maritime Studies, Naval Studies and Naval Logistics Management.

In the sense of preparing officers with required professionalism, NMA has recently stepped in to a new milestone by commencing the Long Logistics Management Course which is the first ever long specialization course leading to a MBA degree. Also for maintaining high standards in staff duties, NMA conducts 18 weeks long Junior Naval Staff Courses regularly for junior officers to make them confident enough in carrying out staff duties. Future enhancement of training encompasses the commencement of Long specialization course for middle level executive officers in the fields of Navigation, Communication, Gunnery and ASW in mid 2015. The training for naval ratings encompasses phase III and advanced training courses comprised with branch training, specialization training, mechanical and technical training.

NMA continues to strive and achieve international standards whilst holding the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System Certification awarded by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, since 2007. This was upgraded to ISO 9001:2008 in the year 2010.In recognition of yeoman service rendered over the years, NMA was awarded with the prestigious President Colours in 2003. Therefore the exact professional excellence of Naval and Maritime Academy is epitomized without a shadow of a doubt today. The motto “The disciplined are the noblest of men” is conceptually leading the institution to the exact target. Accomplishments of Sri Lanka Navy over the past decades bear the testimony to the effective quality of training imparted by Naval and Maritime Academy.

Information Technology school[edit]

Quality Policy :- To qualify both officers and sailors to achieve theoretical knowledge and practical training on software and hardware in computer science at various levels to perform their specified duties in the most effective and efficient manner.


About IT School :- The information technology school conducts number of courses as per the stipulated syllabi. Officer and sailor under trainees when attached to IT School undergo both theoretical and practical training, which have been designed to gain their knowledge in hardware and software applications.

IT school is equipped with a computer laboratory to which trainers have easy access and where they practice in order to be thorough in the practical knowledge of information technology. Internet Knowledge Centre (IKC) attached to the IT school provides the facilities viz. internet browsing, photo coping, laser printing, image scanning etc. for its users as and when required.

Communication school[edit]

Quality Policy :- To impart sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training for both officers and sailors on professional knowledge in communication.

About Communication school :- In 1958, the present Tissa Vidyalaya was the then communication training School. During this period, visual communication was done with Navy house for training purpose. Around 1964, the training school was temporarily shifted to DSS. In the year 1965, the signal school was shifted to present electrical school and subsequently to the present dispensary building and to the present location respecively in 1986-1987.

The primary purpose of the naval communication is to serve the command, ”Support to Achieve Information Superiority in Support of National Military Strategy”. Its aim is “to train communicators to attain reliability, security and speed, the basic principles of communications.

Physical Training School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To impart thorough knowledge on all sports/sport science, games, recreational training, swimming and physical training to enable branch sailors to be able to conduct instructional classes and make both officers and sailors physically fit for excellence in the naval service.

About Physical Training School :- Physical training school was established on 18th July 1967 with the commissioning of Naval & Maritime Academy. Before being attached to NMA, the school was functioned in the same location for the purpose of dockyard sports activities and maintenance work.

Physical training school plays a major role in the Naval and Maritime Academy; it provides both theoretical knowledge and practical training of physical training to all the officer and sailor under trainees during their training at NMA. It exposes all the under trainees to all types of games available at NMA and organizes various sport activities such as inter school sportsmeets so that all the under trainees participate in them.

Training of physical training instructors is one the most important tasks that are executed by the shcool. Thus, it trains and provides the physical training instructors that are needed for the Sri Lanka Navy.

Engineering School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To qualify both officers and sailors imparting sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training on naval engineering procedures and maintenance at various levels to perform their specified duties in the most efficient manner leading to excellence in the naval service.

About Engineering School :-

The engineering school was established in December 1967 and is one of the oldest schools in the Naval and Maritime Academy. The function of the engineering school is to impart theoritical and practical knowledge of engineering procedures and maintenace to the officer and sailor under trainees in order that they render their services for the beterment of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To impart both officers and sailors with basic and professional knowledge and skills to operate, maintain and repair modern electrical and electronic equipment efficiently by assimilation of advance theories and principles.

About Electrical & Electronic Engineering School :-

Seamanship School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To impart sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training for both officers and sailors on seamanship aspects in the ships and craft at various levels to perform their specified duties in the most efficient manner, leading to excellence in the naval service.

About Seamanship School :- Seamanship School came into being with the reorganization of former Nautical School into four schools namely Navigation school, Gunnery school, Anti Submarine Warfare school and Seamanship School on the 6th of May 2002.The school provides both officer and sailor trainees with the knowledge pertaining to seamanship and naval knowledge which are essentially required for naval personnel to be competent in their respective fields.

The service rendered by the Seamanship school is of paramount importance in moulding naval personnel of high calibre. At present the seamanship school conducts training modules on rigger and life saving equipment maintenance courses etc for officer and sailor under trainees.

Gunnery School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To qualify both officers and sailors imparting sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training on naval armaments and procedures at various levels to perform their specified duties in the most efficient manner leading to excellence in the naval service.

About Gunnery School :- Gunnery school was established on 6th May 2002 and it occupied present building on 6th January 2005. It is aimed at giving training on squad, weapon and sword drills to officers/sailors ,conducting firing practices and improving their power of command in order to form physically and mentally perfect, disciplined, honest and professionally competent officers/sailors par excellence with a view to create a formidable SLN for the progress of the nation.

The drill instructor staff attached to the gunnery school is responsible for conducting of drill and weapon instructional courses and for maintenance of discipline among the trainees and the band unit attached provides services at morning divisions, route marches, mess dinners and all general ceremonials. It also provides calypso music at various social gatherings.

Supply and Secretariat School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To qualify both officers and sailors by imparting sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training in the logistics field at various level of training to perform their professional duties in the most efficient manner leading to excellence in the naval service.

About Supply and Secretariat School :- Supply and secretariat school imparts sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training in logistics field to officer under trainees and sailors at various levels of their training. The knowledge and training imparted help them perform their professional duties in the most efficient manner leading to excellence in the naval service.

Thus, it trains writers, stores assistants, mess assistants and catering assistants that are required for the Sri Lanka Navy. It also provides the officer under trainees with necessary knowledge in logistics.

It has a well equipped model galley, a model wardroom and other facilities that are required for the training of aforesaid trainees.

Navigational School[edit]

Quality Policy :- To qualify both officers and sailors imparting sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training on safe navigation at sea at various levels to perform their specified duties in the most efficient manner in naval ships and craft.

About Navigational School :- Nautical School had been one of the prime schools during the past 36 years of history of the Naval and Maritime academy and had contributed overwhelming support to mould officers and sailors for the Sri Lanka navy. Later, it was divided into three separate schools with the aim of promoting training facilities. As a result, on 6th of May 2007 the Navigation school emerged.

The prime aim of the navigation school is to qualify both officers and sailors imparting sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical training on safe navigation at sea at various levels to perform their specified duties in the most efficient manner on naval ships and craft.

Navigation school performs a tremendous task in the Naval and Maritime Academy. It helps forge naval officers and sailors in the best possible way, as such it imparts sufficent theoretical knowledge and practical training that are needed in safe, effecient and competent navigation.

ASW School[edit]

The first course for UC/UW III trainees was conducted on 8 February 1993 under the command of the OIC Nautical School. On 7 May 2002, ASW School was established and first OIC was LCdr DAS Pothupitiya. The School imparts practical and theoretical knowledge pertaining to undersea warfare in order to produce under water warfare specialized sailors and officers for Sri Lanka Navy.

Diving school[edit]

The school was established on 16 June 1996 and producing well qualified divers not only to the Sri Lanka Navy but also conducting courses for officers and soldiers of Special Force and Commando Regiments of Sri Lanka Army. The first OIC of the school was LCdr (CDO) UVMP Perera.

Medical Assistants Training School[edit]

This school was established on 21 May 1998 at old library building and is capable of conducting basic nursing courses for medical branch sailors. The first OIC of the school was Lt (WM) VADN Edward.

Combat Training Unit[edit]

The school was established near Waterloo junction on 23 October 2003 and conducting courses for patrolmen branch officers and sailors and combat module for all other officers and sailors. The first OIC of the school was of LCdr (NP) KGN Ranaweera.

NBCD School[edit]

Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence and fire fighting and damage control school was established on 7 March 2006. The first OIC of the school was LCdr (E) DMNA Dassanayake.

Naval Marksmanship & Sniper Training School[edit]

The school was established on 18 December 2006 at Waterloo junction and subsequently shifted to its present location at Shoebury junction on 18 December 2007. This school is capable of producing snipers to the Sri Lanka Navy. Lt (NP) KPNG Kariyawasam was the first OIC of the school.

Intakes[edit]

There are several intakes for cadet officers and midshipmen annually. These are under the following category.

  • Cadet Entry Degree Programme
  • Cadet Entry Non-Degree Programme
  • KDU Entry [General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University]
  • Direct Entry Stream to the Regular Force - For professionals (Doctors, IT specialists, Engineers, etc.)
  • Volunteer Stream - Officers for the Sri Lanka Volunteer Naval Force
  • Service Entry - For serving ratings

Degrees conducted by the NMA[edit]

These degrees are accredited to the University of Kelaniya;

Commandants[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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