Hellenic Naval War College (HNWC)

 

Overview           

The college was founded in 1921 as the Hellenic Naval War College (HNWC) and was located in Athens. Its objective at that time was to prepare senior rank navy officers to win wars at sea. The HNWC had operated continuously as a post-graduate Hellenic Navy (HN) education and trainining institution, from its foundation until 2003 except for a period of five years during World War II. The HNWC was closed in 2003 and merged with the army and air force war colleges to form the Supreme Joint War College located in Thessaloniki.       

The modern Hellenic Naval Command and Staff College (HNCSC) was established in 2004 and based in the former HNWC facilities, since it remained within the HN command structure. It is therefore considered a successor of the HNWC. More than 3000 HN officers and 60 international students have graduated from HNWC or HNCSC. The HNCSC trains the future commanders and staff officers of the HN, other military services, Hellenic Coast Guard, and selected international students of equivalent seniority. The courses are designed to equip both Greek and international officers with the knowledge required for the full range of their future command and staff appointments.

In May 2019 according to law 4609/2019 the HNCSC was renamed to Hellenic Naval War College (HNWC).

 

Hellenic Naval War College (HNWC)

Mission

The HNWC mission is to provide HN officers with a first class post-graduate education as well as command and staff training in order to support the operational effectiveness of the Hellenic Navy. 

 

Crest

The College crest features an anchor, a symbol of the HN, a sword and a naval telescope, representing the naval power projected by skilled officers, and a torch, indicative of the education provided at the College. Finally, there is a banner with the motto in Greek “ΝΙΚΑΝ ΕΥΒΟΥΛΙΑΣ ΕΣΤΙ” meaning “Victory stems from effective decision making”.    

 

Courses

The HNWC provides the following Command and Staff Courses (CSC) which cover a significant part of the HN Professional Education:

  • 85 working days CSC OF-2 aimed at Lieutenants, Hellenic Naval Academy graduates.
  • 36 working days CSC OF-1 aimed at Ensigns, Hellenic Naval Petty Officers Academy graduates.

 

CSC OF-2 Learning Objectives

The CSC OF-2 graduates are expected to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Leadership and communication
  1. Critical thinking development
  2. Communication skills (effective writing, speaking, listening)
  3. Team building and team motivation   
  4. Timely and appropriate decision making
  • Operations
  1. Effective work as part of an operational planning group
  2. Contigency planning
  3. Law Of Armed Conflict (LOAC)
  4. United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • National Strategy and Sea Power
  1. Ability to understand the regional security environment
  2. How Hellenic Navy supports national interests  
  3. Understanding the nature of future naval conflict.
  • The Hellenic Navy Organization and Capability
  1. Understanding the HN command structure and function
  2. Relating theory to practices through Field Studies Program (FSP).

 

CSC OF-1 Learning Objectives

The CSC OF-1 graduates are expected to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Leadership and communication
  1. Critical thinking development
  2. Communication skills (effective writing, speaking, listening)
  • Operations  
  1. Law Of Armed Conflict (LOAC)
  2. United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • National Strategy and Sea Power
  1. Ability to understand the regional security environment  
  2. How Hellenic Navy supports national interests  
  • The Hellenic Navy Organization and Capability
  1. Understanding the HN command structure and function
  2. Relating theory to practices through Field Studies Program (FSP).