Royal Thai Naval Academy

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Royal Thai Naval Academy
Emblem of Royal Thai Naval Academy.png
TypeNaval Academy
FounderKing Rama V
13°36′40″N 100°35′31″E / 13.611°N 100.592°E / 13.611; 100.592Coordinates: 13°36′40″N 100°35′31″E / 13.611°N 100.592°E / 13.611; 100.592
Regimental colour guard of Royal Thai naval cadets

The Royal Thai Naval Academy (Thai: โรงเรียนนายเรือ) (RTNA) was established by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1898. He officially opened the academy on 20 November 1906.[1] Originally located on the royal yacht Maha Chakri and some other boats donated by the king, the academy later moved to Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi (in the compound of the present headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy), then to Sattahip, and finally to its current location in Samut Prakan in 1952.[2]


The mission of the RTNA is to train officers for the Royal Thai Navy.


The RTNA provides undergraduate programs in engineering and science, combined with naval professional training. Cadets can major in electrical engineering, marine engineering, hydrographic engineering, and management science and are trained as engineers, navigators, and marines.


Cadets graduate with a bachelor's degree in engineering or science and are commissioned in the Royal Thai Navy with the rank of ensign (sub-lieutenant). Together with graduates of the other armed forces and police academies they receive their swords from the king personally or the king's representative.

Education of Thai naval officers[edit]

Those who want to enter the academy first have to pass the entrance exam, after which they join a three-year preparatory program at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School where they study together with army, air force, and police cadets. On successful completion, they enter the Royal Thai Naval Academy. After graduation, they attend a further one-year advanced course at Sattahip that leads to a graduate diploma in naval science. On completion of this course, they are ready to work as officers in the Royal Thai Navy.

The academy also trains police cadets destined to work at the marine police, while every year a few top graduates of the Naval Rating School for non-commissioned officers enter the academy directly after a separate entrance exam.

Selected first-year cadets of the RTNA are awarded scholarships to study at naval academies abroad. On their return to Thailand they start working as officers in the Royal Thai Navy straightaway.


  1. ^ "Royal Thai Naval Academy". RTNA. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  2. ^ "Phra Racha Wang Derm History". Wangderm Palace. Archived from the original on 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2008-12-01.

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