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Naval Academy at Mürwik
Location Mürwik Flensburg, Germany
Affiliations German Navy

Main complex with all-ranks-dining hall, historic assembly hall and tower

Badge of the Naval Academy at Mürwik

The Naval Academy Mürwik (German language: Marineschule Mürwik) is the main training establishment for all German Navy officers and replaced the German Imperial Naval Academy in Kiel.

It is located at Mürwik which is a part of Germany's most northern city, Flensburg. Built on a small hill directly by the coast, it overlooks the Flensburg Fjord. Hence its beautiful architecture and location the academy is often named the "Red Castle By The Sea".

General Education of German naval officers

As most naval officer cadets join the German Navy after passing their A-levels at school, signing up for thirteen years of service (can be extended to a "lifetime" of around 35 years), the standard education consists of three parts:

1) The basic education at the Naval Academy lasts at least one year.

2) It is usually followed (exceptions to be made) by university studies at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces which last around four years.

3) Given their degree of Bachelor or Master the young officers then return to the Naval Academy and other naval schools for advanced training. The advanced training lasts up to two years, depending on the officers' choice of an operational or engineering career and on the type of vessel, they are going to serve on. Those heading for a land-based post, also get the basic parts of the advanced training.

On completion of their education the young officers are ready to take their first post in the fleet or on land.

The Naval Academy at Muerwik carries out both, the basic education of the young officer cadets as well as parts of the advanced training for officers.

Basic education at the Naval Academy

(still to be edited) The one-year lasting basic education of all German Navy cadets basically consists of four parts: Being new in the German Navy, all cadets first perform six weeks of collective basic training at Mürwik. After this they are divided in three groups which will consecutively take part in three sections of training: A sailing trip with German Navy's training ship Gorch Fock, a mission-preparing part at the "NCO's school" (Marineunteroffizierschule/MUS) in Plön and the officer's training again at Mürwik. Cadets who will serve at the German forces' medical service only take part in the first trip with Gorch Fock and the six weeks basic training.

Advanced training at the Naval Academy

(still to be edited) Advanced training...gain further knowledge on various military topics, like leadership studies or military law. Depending on their choice of an engineering or operational career, they will also join special courses like officer-of-the-watch training, specialised weapon systems training or naval engineering.


The Naval Academy was established at this site by the order of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1910. Its unique gothic architecture with the dominating red bricks was meant to imitate the famous Ordensburg Marienburg, founded in 1274.

In the final days of War 1945, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz assumed the office of President (Reichspräsident) of Germany. Adolf Hitler himself had named him his successor before committing suicide at Berlin. Dönitz moved from nearby Glücksburg to the Naval Academy at Mürwik to establish the Flensburg government. Soon after the final surrender to the Allies, they were unseated and arrested by British troops. This made Flensburg capital of Germany for nearly 20 days.

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Coordinates: 54°48′54″N 9°27′34″E / 54.815°N 9.45944°E / 54.815; 9.45944

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