Naval and Maritime Academy
|Naval and Maritime Academy|
|Active||18 July 1967 –Present|
|Branch||Sri Lanka Navy|
|Size||600 Officer Cadets & Midshipmen|
|Garrison/HQ||SLN Dockyard, Trincomalee|
|Motto||Moulding future Admirals|
|Commandant||Commodore USR Perera RSP,USP,SLN|
|Commander M. G. S. Perera RCyN|
|Sri Lanka Navy|
Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA), Trincomalee, is the location of initial officer training in the Sri Lanka Navy, and is located within SLN Dockyard, Trincomalee. It received university status in 2001. Current commandant of the NMA is Commodore SS Ranasinghe wwv.
Trincomalee is the largest natural harbor in Sri Lanka and has been used for centuries as major hub international sea lanes. The training of naval officers at Trincomalee dates from the British colonial rule. The first batch Ceylonese officer cadets where trained here during World War II. After the establishment of the Royal Ceylon Navy following Ceylon's independence in 1950. The need for officer training came to light therefore midshipmen where sent to Britannia Royal Naval College for officer training. With the expansion of the navy and the high cost of training officers overseas promoted the navy to establish its own officer training center.
First established in 15 January 1967, the Naval and Maritime Academy was formally commissioned on 18 July 1967 with Instructor Commander M. G. S. Perera, its founder, as its first commandant.
Thereafter all officers of the Sri Lanka Navy (since it was renamed in 1972) received their training here. Training was not limited to naval officers but also for merchant mariners too. Since the early 1980s SLNS Gajabahu a River class frigate has been used by the NMA as a training ship. In 2001 NMA received university status and President's Colours in 2003.
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
These degrees are accredited to the University of Kelaniya;
- Bachelor of Science Naval Studies in Maritime Warfare
- Bachelor of Science Naval Studies in Land Warfare
- Bachelor of Science Naval Studies in Logistic Management
- Commander M. G. S. Perera RCyN - Founder NMA and former Director Naval Training.
- Admiral H.A. Silva VSV, ndc, psc SLN - former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
- Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc SLN - former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
- Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc, DISS, MNI, SLN - former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
- Rear admiral Susith Weerasekara RSP, VSV, USP, ndu, psn, MSc. (DS) Mgmt, DISS, DIDSS - present Deputy Chief of staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, under whose tenure (in 2003) the NMA received the President's colour
 Notable alumni
- Lieutenant-Commander Jude Lakmal Wijethunge † -Parama Weera Vibhushanaya recipient.
- Admiral D.W.K Sandagiri VSV, USP, rcds, ndc, psc, JP SLN - Commander of the Navy (2001–2005)
- Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc SLN - Commander of the Navy (2005–2009)
- Rear Admiral Frank F.N.Q Wickramaratne - VSV- Chief of Staff Sri Lanka Navy (1989-1992) ( Also served as Training Commander of the Naval and Maritime Academy )
 See also
- SLNS Gajabahu
- General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
- Sri Lanka Military Academy
- Air Force Academy, China Bay
- Sri Lanka Navy
- Instructor Commander M. G. S. Perera - the founder of the Naval Academy, by M. H. Weliwitigoda, Lieutenant Commander SLN. (Rtd.)
- Memorials to a brave, old world, by Rashomi Silva
- 24 Naval Officers receive their graduation at BMICH
- Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA) Receives ISO 9001:2000, defence.lk
- Naval and Maritime Academy of SLN reaches Par Excellence, navy.lk