Hellenic Naval War College
The Hellenic Naval War College (HNWC) crest features an Anchor, as a distinctive symbol of the Hellenic Nany and the sea, the Sword as a characteristic of power carried by the Officers, the Naval Telescope characterizing insight and focus on purpose, the Torch characteristic of imparted knowledge and the ideals that distinguish the Officer of the Η.N. Finally the banner of the crest bares the motto “NIKAN EVOULIAS ESTI” which means “Victory stems from effective decision making”.
Eleftherios Venizelos as Prime Minister in 1910 asked for Britain’s assistance in order to reorganize and modernize the Navy. In 1911, the British Naval Mission in Greece was formed, which proposed the establishment of a corresponding School in Greece as well.
HIGHER NAVAL WAR COLLEGE 1921 – 1929
In 1921, during the administration of D. Gounaris, the Higher Naval War College was established. Due to the Asia Minor campaign, the opening of the College finally took place in 1925.
Captain D. Oikonomou BN was appointed as the first Commander. British Commander A.G..Talbot RN, member of the British Naval Mission, was appointed as Director of Studies. The first educational course began in 1925 and ended in 1926. The College operated in the premises of the Old Palace (the current Parliament building). In 1926 the College was established in the premises of the Athens Observatory until 1940.
According to the Organization of the College, the mission of the NWC is to provide administrative and staff training, postgraduate training in Naval Science and Strategy as well as information on new technological developments and scientific concepts related to the Armed Forces, with the aim of the appropriate training of HN officers for the performance of staff and administrative duties when assuming the prescribed administrative positions according to rank and specialty throughout the hierarchy.
The NWC operates as a scientific body of the Ministry of Defense, in matters of Naval Science and Strategy. It is possible for the NWC to be entrusted with the conduct of additional training schools following a relevant order of the HNGS.
The Library building with a total area of 100 m2 is located to the east of the old building. It is the largest library of Hellenic Navy with 8,794 titles / 12,329 book volumes. The library has a significant number of books dating back to the 17th century, which are maintained in a private institution when required. Above book titles are listed on the respective websites of the NWC and HNGHQ website. It consists of the auxiliary spaces, such as the reception desk, the photocopier compartment and its main space with the book and publication archives. From 2021, the Library of HNWC is Member of ‘’Maritime Libraries Network – MarLiNet’’, a maritime thematic library network in Greece. It is consisting of 6 Special and 4 Academic libraries. The Network offers reference services on maritime and naval information and holds maritime orientated collections. NSP Library Contents Website: https://hellenicnavy.gr/dioikisi-naytikis-ekpaideysis-dne/naytiki-scholi-polemoy/vivliothiki-scholis/
The NWC is subordinate to the Naval Education Administration (NDA). The Administrative Management is exercised by the HNGS, while the Commander of the Naval Training Command exercises its administrative control. Military control is exercised by an appropriate Law Service, as determined from time to time by a relevant General Order.
1. The general administrative structure of the NWC has the following structure:
b. Deputy Commander.
c. Directorate of Studies.
d. Directorate of Administration and Administrative Care.
2. The NSP staff is the administrative functional body through which the Governor exercises his duties. The administration of the staff is carried out by the Deputy Commander.
Headquarters - Facilities
1. In the NWC, there are two Schools of compulsory training for Officers from Hellenic Naval Academy (and corresponding HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTE) and Hellenic Naval Petty Officers Academy respectively, with separate courses of study as follows:
a. The Command and Staff Courses (CSC) CSC OF-2, which is compulsory for Combat Officers, Engineers and Finance. HN Officers of other specialties, other branches of the Armed Forces, the Security Forces as well as foreign Officers as determined by the General Staff may also study at the NWC
b. The Command and Staff Courses (CSC) CSC OF-1 which Officers of the rank of Ensign must attend.
2. The main educational objectives of the CSC OF-2 and CSC OF-1 are detailed in the relevant School Organization, which is a Presidential Decree.