U.S. Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy, established in 1845, is the 2nd-oldest of the United States’ five service academies, educating officers for both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The 338-acre campus, known to insiders as “the Yard”, is located at the confluence of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, 33 miles east of Washington, D.C. and 26 miles south-east of Baltimore.

Candidates generally must both directly apply to the academy and receive a nomination, often from a Member of Congress. Students, referred to as midshipmen, are officers-in-training whose tuition is fully funded by the Navy in exchange for active duty upon graduation.

The Academy’s history can be divided into four eras: 1) use of the original Fort Severn (1845-1861); 2) “Porter’s Academy” (1865-1903); 3) the “Flagg Academy” (1903-1941); and 4) the modern era (1941–present). Its Latin motto, Ex Scientia Tridens, means “Through Knowledge, Sea Power.”

The high dome of the Naval Academy Chapel (upper right), located at the center of campus, is visible throughout Annapolis. The chapel featured on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Academy’s 150th anniversary in 1995. John Paul Jones lies in the crypt beneath the chapel.

  • Visited: Oct 2013
  • National Historic Landmark: 1961
  • National Registry of Historic Places: 1966

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