Naval Petty Officers School
"Admiral Ion Murgescu"



Pages of School History

Amiral MurgescuAfter reunion, Dobrogea returns to its national borders and this is the moment when Romania starts developing its civilian and military navy; this involves organization of specific educational systems for Naval Forces.
Thus, on October 8-th 1897, according to The Royal Decree no.3110, King Carol I approved "The Regulations for the school of Navy Masters and Junior POs in engines". When recruiting, the school was choosing only the sons of military personnel. The establishment of the school was in Galati and its first commanding officer was commander Constantin Balescu.
In 1908 the school was moved to Constanta, the building of the Navy Museum today and one of the former personalities who taught here was Eugeniu Botez (Jean Bart).
Founded in 1909 through Decree no. 2064, the school was reorganized under the command of Lt. cdor Vasile Scodrea and it was called "Navy Chief Masters' School".
When the World War I broke out, the school was moved back to Galati and soon after, the lectures were interrupted. The students were detached to different units, many of them being assigned in Navy missions. As a consequence of these events, two students sacrificed themselves (Budeanu Constantin and Mester Alexandru).
The new Petty Officers' Status was settled by Royal Decree 1875/1919 and it specified that POs were specialty technical instructors meant to help officers in their work.

In 1920, POs School started reorganizing; it had two institutions that trained post high-school specialists for the Navy: Naval Institute from Constanta and POs in engines and Electricians' School from Sulina. The Naval Institute encompassed "The Maritime School for Children" - training period 3 years, "Speciality Instructors School" - training period 1 year and "POs School" - training period - 2 years.
From October 1-st 1928, the school functioned in Constanta as "School for Navy Specialists" and trained young people who wanted to start a military career as deck specialists.
The Word War II found the students training onboard ships, bravely fighting for the country's independence and sovereignty, for its people interests. An instructor officer and 12 students lost their lives during the war.
Between 1950-1959 the school was closed and reopened on November 1-st 1959 as "Navy Non-comissioned Officers' School".
On 21 August 1965 was called "Naval POs School" - training period - 3 years.
From 1986 the entrance exam was given only by high school graduates. Starting with 1987 the school would function as part of the Naval Academy "Mircea cel Batran" and it would be on its own again on March 15-th, 1990.
Since 1990 the name of the school has been the Naval Petty Officers School “Admiral Ion Murgescu”. Petty officers' training is provided for a period of 2 years attendance for graduates of high school, males and females.

The Naval Petty Officers School trains petty officers in 9 specialties:
- Steering and navigation equipment
- Naval gunnery
- Naval missiles
- Underwater weapons
- Radio-communications and naval observation and signaling
- Naval radar
- Electronic underwater equipment
- Naval engines and auxiliary machines
- Naval electrical engines and equipment

The School is subordinated to the Romanian Naval Forces Staff.

The POs profile has been elaborated: it's that of competent, well-trained specialists, military leaders for small-groups, defenders of the national values.
During the years, 8000 POs graduated "Navy POs School Admiral Ion Murgescu" being trained for the Navy, Coast Guard and when necessary for Merchant Marine, their hard, competent work and professinalism is the proof that they've attended an outstanding military school.
Onboard ships, in repair workshops, military training labs, storages warehouses, POs serve with competence and devotion.