NSA Annapolis comprises more than 400 buildings on a 2157-acre installation, manned by 65 military and 250 civilians, and reports to the Commandant, Naval District Washington. NSA Annapolis provides base operating support to the United States Naval Academy (USNA), North Severn complex, and one satellite facility, the Naval Research Laboratory at Chesapeake Beach Detachment in Randle Cliff, Md.
NSA Annapolis’ primary purpose is supporting the Academy and the Brigade of Midshipmen, by providing flagship-quality base operating support so Academy leadership can focus on their mission of developing Midshipmen mentally, morally and physically into future leaders. The support provides for 6600 personnel - 4400 Midshipmen plus 1600 faculty/staff, 400 officers, 200 Sailors and their families. NSA Annapolis provides services that include security, fire protection, fleet and family support, safety, Morale Welfare and Recreation, public works, bachelor and family housing at a level that complements the world-class academic and professional atmosphere set by USNA.
United States Naval Academy
The U. S. Naval Academy’s mission is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to provide graduates 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. The Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, in what is now historic Annapolis, MD. The history of the Academy has often reflected the history of the United States itself. As the U.S. Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-
powered ships to a high tech fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships as well as supersonic aircraft, the Academy has changed also. The Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation.
The grounds, known as “The Yard,” feature a number of attractions open to the public including the Naval Academy Chapel (www.usna.edu/Chaplains), which houses the Crypt of John Paul Jones, the Naval Academy Museum (www.usna. edu/Museum) and the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center (www.navyonline.com) showcasing interactive exhibits, pictorial displays, the award-winning film, “To Lead and to Serve” and an extensive gift shop.
You and your family are encouraged to tour the academy any time of the year during regular visiting hours (9 am to 5 pm daily). You can take a guided tour with a commercial service in Annapolis or through the academy’s own Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.
Access to the Academy grounds is limited. Please check the current security restrictions before planning a visit. All visitors over the age of 16 must have a valid picture ID. More information can be found at www.usna.edu.