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Coordinates: 38°39′46″N 9°08′50″W / 38.66271°N 9.14717°W / 38.66271; -9.14717

Naval School
Escola Naval
Motto Talant de bien faire
Motto in English The talent of doing well
Established 1796 (Royal Academy of the Midshipmen)
1823 (Portuguese and Brazilian midshipmen academies separation)
1845 (Naval School)
Type Naval academy
Commander Rear-admiral Edgar Marcos de Bastos Ribeiro
Academic staff 127
Students 270
Location Alfeite (Almada), District of Setúbal, Portugal
Campus Lisbon Naval Base
Website Naval School

The Portuguese Naval School (Portuguese language: Escola Naval ) is a university-level naval academy in Alfeite, Portugal. The school is located at the Lisbon Naval Base, on the south bank of the Tagus river, in front of the city of Lisbon.


In 1782, the Company of Midshipmen (Companhia dos Guardas-Marinhas) was created to frame and train the midshipmen (naval officer candidates) of the Portuguese Navy.

The Royal Academy of the Midshipmen (Academia Real dos Guardas-Marinhas) was created in 1792, as an-university level naval academy, which integrated the Company of Midshipment as its student corps.

With the invasion of Portugal by the Army of Napoleon and the transference of the Portuguese Royal Court to Colonial Brazil, the Royal Academy of the Midshipmen and its Company of Midshipment are also transferred there and installed in Rio de Janeiro, in 1808.

Following the independence of Brazil, in 1803 the professors and students of the Academy of Midshipmen have to chose either the Brazilian or the Portuguese nationality. Those that choose the Portuguese nationality return to Portugal. Then, two academies come into existence: the Imperial Academy of Midshipmen in the Empire of Brazil and the Royal Academy of Midshipmen in the Kingdom of Portugal.

The Portuguese Royal Academy of Midshipment was reorganized in 1845, becoming the Naval School (Escola Naval).


University programmes

  • Master in naval military sciences, Navy (5 years)
  • Master in naval military sciences, Naval administration (5 years)
  • Master in naval military sciences, Marines (5 years)
  • Master in naval military sciences, Naval engineers - machines (5 years)
  • Master in naval military sciences, Naval engineers - weapons and electronics (5 years)
  • Master in naval medicine (only the part of military training and supervision)

Polytechnical programmes

  • Bachelor, Administration and secretariat (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Weapons and electronics (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Mechanics (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Marines (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Computer science (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Divers (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Hydrograpy (3 years)
  • Bachelor, Communications (3 years)

Post-graduation programmes

Other Programmes

  • Training program for special duty officers
  • Training program for limited duty Officers
  • Basic training program for officers

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