Francesco Morosini Naval Military School
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The Francesco Morosini Naval Military School (Italian: Scuola militare navale "Francesco Morosini") is a military education college based in Venice operated by the Italian Navy and named after the great venetian Doge.
Boys and girls of an age between 15 and 18 years old, after having positively passed the admission process, are enrolled to attend the last three high school years. Cadets' military and vocational education is provided both by civil teachers and naval officers in order to promote, in addition to regular studies, interest and love for life at sea through various related activities like sailing, rowing, swimming etc., preparing them to their future careers.
A naval boarding school was established in Venice in 1937, and it was named Italian Lictor Youth Naval College ("Collegio Navale della Gioventù Italiana del Littorio"). It aimed to encourage young men to engage in activities related to the sea and to prepare them to enroll in the Regia Marina. In 1945, after Italy's defeat in World War II the School was closed. In 1961, the boarding school opened again and it was named after doge Francesco Morosini. It allowed boys to attend here the last three years of high school. In 1998, the School obtained military status and it was therefore renamed "Scuola navale militare Francesco Morosini". In 2009, girls were allowed to attend the School.
Admission and staff
Students admitted to “1st Liceo classico” or “3rd Liceo scientifico” participate to the selection to join the naval college. The ranking list is based on previous year school's results, physical tests and general culture exams. If admitted, they will attend the last three high school years.
Teachers, nominated through a national selection, are employed by the Navy. School's programs match public schools. Students live in the college in a ruled and disciplined routine based on lessons, study and sport while they build friendship, teamwork and brotherhood to mates that will follow them for the rest of their life.
The staff working at the School, except teachers, all serve in the Italian Navy.
Activities and facilities
Special care has been dedicated to seamanship and maritime sports, with great facilities and professional instructors for sailing, yachting and rowing. During summer students cruise on the “Amerigo Vespucci” as crew.
Once at the end of the third year students pass the "maturità" exam, they can choose between the military life through a special selection or to attend the university.
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- The Ruggiero di Lauria-class battleship Francesco Morosini.
- The Francesco Caracciolo-class battleship Francesco Morosini.
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