Royal Naval War College

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Royal Naval War College
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
RoleWar College
Garrison/HQGreenwich, Devonport, Portsmouth
Head of CollegeCommander, Royal Naval War College
Deputy Head of CollegeFlag Captain, Royal Naval War College

The Royal Naval War College was a training establishment for senior officers of the Royal Navy that existed from 1900 to 1914. It was based originally at Greenwich, then Plymouth, then Portsmouth, and then Greenwich again. Branch colleges were also based at Chatham and Plymouth prior to the First World War.


The college, which was established in 1900 and known as the War Course College until 1907, catered for flag officers, captains and commanders.[1] Its courses included training in tactical naval war games, strategic naval war games, studying and writing reports on various problems and lectures on various subjects.[1] The college's functions were transferred to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1914.[2]

In Command

Commander, Royal Naval War College

Flag Captain of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich



  1. 1.0 1.1 "War Colleges" (PDF). Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. "Royal Naval War College". Dreadnought Project. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Royal Naval War College - The Dreadnought Project". Harley & Lovell, 27 December 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2019.