The necessity to establish a separate Academy was felt hence, NMA was established at present location on 15thJanuary 1967 and was subsequently commissioned on 15thJuly 1967 with Instructor Commander MGSPerera as the first Commandant, who was also the main pillar behind establishment of NMA as its proud founderfather. With the commissioning, officer training, till then were undertaken by the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, came within the ambit of NMA.

NMA has proved its mettle by training an umpteen number of officers and sailors to cater the needs of Sri Lanka Navy and still it shoulders that endeavour, being unparalleled to any other institution.Apart from initial officer training for various entrants,NMA today conducts Sub Lieutenant Technical Courses for Executive, Logistic and NPM branch officers, in addition to training of other officer grades such as Direct Entry (Degree holders), Service Entry & Short Service commissioned schemes. The Officer Cadet Entry scheme was accredited to the esteemed University of Kelaniyasince year 2001. The academy at present is accredited to KotelawalaDefence University too and is expanding to meet the Naval & National demands.

All officer undertraineeswho undergo the stipulatedprogramme at present are conferred with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval and Maritime Studies, Naval Studies and Naval Logistics Management.

In the sense of preparing officers with required professionalism, NMA has recently stepped in to a new milestone by commencing the Long Logistics Management Course which is the first ever long specialization course leading to a MBA degree. Also for maintaining high standards in staff duties, NMA conducts 18 weeks long Junior Naval Staff Courses regularly for junior officers to make them confident enough in carrying out staff duties. Future enhancement of training encompasses the commencement of Long specialization course for middle level executive officers in the fields of Navigation, Communication, Gunnery and ASW in mid 2015. The training for naval ratings encompasses phase III and advanced training courses comprised with branch training, specialization training, mechanical and technical training.

NMA continues to strive and achieve international standards whilst holding the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System Certification awarded by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, since 2007. This was upgraded to ISO 9001:2008 in the year 2010.In recognition of yeoman service rendered over the years, NMA was awarded with the prestigious President Colours in 2003. Therefore the exact professional excellence of Naval and Maritime Academy is epitomized without a shadow of a doubt today. The motto “The disciplined are the noblest of men” is conceptually leading the institution to the exact target. Accomplishments of Sri Lanka Navy over the past decades bear the testimony to the effective quality of training imparted by Naval and Maritime Academy.