Base History \ Arrival
The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is located in Annapolis, Maryland on the banks of the Severn River and on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is located in Anne Arundel County. Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is considered the "Sailing Capital of the World." Located 33 miles east of Washington, DC and 30 miles south east of Baltimore, Annapolis has much to offer. Click on the following links for more information about Annapolis:
- Official Annapolis City site
- Annapolis Chamber of Commerce site
- Visitor Quarters - Navy Gateway Inns & Suites Annapolis
- Naval Station Annapolis Navy Lodge
This is a high cost of living area, primarily due to the high cost of housing. The history of this lovely town dates back to the beginnings of our nation and it is a beautiful setting for the Academy. The Annapolis Area Naval Complex is composed of the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Support Activity Annapolis, and other tenant commands.
The USNA current curriculum consists of four consecutive years at Annapolis with at-sea training during the summer. Eighteen academic majors are offered which lead to a Bachelor of Science degree for all graduates. The base operator's phone number is 410-293-1000 or DSN 312-281-1000.
The United States Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, the Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. Since then, the history of the Naval Academy has reflected the history of the United States. As our country has changed culturally and technologically, so has the Naval Academy. In only a few decades, the Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high-tech fleet with nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships and supersonic aircraft. The Academy has changed, too, giving midshipmen the up-to-date academic and professional training they need to be effective naval officers in their assignments after graduation.
Every day, as the undergraduate college of the naval service, the United States Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen "morally, mentally, and physically."
To develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character, to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis is located across the Severn River from the Naval Academy. Its mission is to provide material, personnel and service support to the Naval Academy by maintaining small craft, equipment and facilities for Midshipmen training, and by providing logistical support to the Naval Academy in its Midshipmen professional development program.
The population served includes the entire student body of midshipmen and the tenant commands. The Academy is a 338-acre complex with a brigade of 4,400 midshipmen, and 580 faculty members (military and civilian).
Directions to U.S. Naval Academy
From Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
Exit Airport on 170 East to Annapolis. Turn right on Hammonds Ferry Rd. Follow signs to Annapolis. Take entrance ramp onto Interstate 97 South. Take Interstate 97 South to US 50 East. Cross over the Severn River Bridge and take exit 27 to Naval Academy. Go 1 mile, at first light, turn left onto MD RT 648. Follow the road to next light. Turn right at light onto Kinkaid Rd. Follow the road on to Bennion Road. We are the First Building on the left (168 Bennion Road). Parking & Entrance is located in the rear of the building.
Take Interstate 97 South and follow directions as from the Airport, or take MD RT 3 South to MD RT 100 to Gibson Island. From MD 100 exit onto MD RT 2 South (Ritchie Highway). Proceed south until you see the exit for US 50 East Naval Academy. Exit Left, and while on the overpass exit right on exit ramp. At light, turn left onto MD RT 450 to Annapolis/Naval Academy. Go 1 mile, at first light turn left onto MD RT 648. Follow the road to next light. Turn right at the light onto Kinkaid Rd. Follow the road to the First Guard Shack. Continue on Kinkaid through housing then bear left on to Bennion Road. We are the First Building on the left (168 Bennion Road). Parking & Entrance is located in the rear of the building.
From Washington, DC
Take US 50 East. Cross over the Severn River Bridge and take exit 27 to the Naval Academy. Go 1 mile, at first light, turn left onto MD RT 648. Follow the road to next light. Turn right at light onto Kinkaid Rd. Follow the road to the First Guard Shack. Continue on Kinkaid through housing then bear left on to Bennion Road. We are the First Building on the left (168 Bennion Road). Parking & Entrance is located in the rear of the building.