U.S. Naval Academy FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 21402, Area Code: 410, DSN: 281

U.S. Naval Academy develops its graduates "morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty . . . to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government." The history of the U.S. Naval Academy began when President John Quincy Adams asked Congress to establish an academy "for the formation of scientific and accomplished officers." In October 1845, the dream became a reality when 50 midshipmen and seven professors established the institution. The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850 and has evolved a curriculum giving midshipmen the necessary academic and professional instruction they will need for their careers.

The U.S. Naval Academy is in Annapolis, Md., which is about 25 miles east of Washington, D.C. Annapolis, originally established in 1695, is also Maryland's capital. The Maryland Statehouse, built in 1772 has the distinction of being the oldest statehouse still in use. Recreational activities include an auto hobby center, recreation center, golf, gym tennis library, camping, and fishing. Annapolis is a sailor's mecca because of the vast array of motorized boats and sailboats. Every October, Annapolis hosts the "world's largest sailboat and power boats shows in the world." Many other activities, including nearby Washington, D.C., are available for your enjoyment year round.