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Carrier and Squadron Tours
CARRIER TOURS ARE FULLY BOOKED THROUGH DECEMBER 2023.
WE ONLY COORDINATE TOURS ON THE U.S. EAST COAST.
Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs Office schedules tours of aircraft carriers and squadrons to qualifying groups based on group category, size, and carrier/squadron availability. Please keep in mind that tours are limited to a maximum group size of 50, are not scheduled on Sundays, holidays, or more than 6 months in advance, and require a MINIMUM 4 weeks notice. Carrier and squadron tours are approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length, depending on your group size, mobility, and how inquisitive guests may be. Independent tour requests may be combined together in order to optimize the reach of a tour effort, but groups must be flexible with their tour date to allow for maximum participation.
Please be advised: Due to recent policy changes, all tour guests must be vetted through the Visitor Control Center (VCC). Obtaining base access through the VCC is now the sole responsibility of the tour requestor. Once a tour request is submitted, we will provide you with the appropriate forms and contact information.
Attire: We recommend casual attire, and long sleeve shirts. Please do not wear skirts, heels or open-toed shoes. There will be a lot of walking and stair climbing during your 90-minute tour and tennis shoes are strongly recommended.
Command Memorabilia: If you are interested in purchasing a command's memorabilia while on your tour, please let us know so we can set up an opportunity for you to do so.
Cautions and General Safety: Guests should not accept this invitation unless they are in good health. Navy aircraft carriers, by their very nature, present certain hazards not normally encountered ashore. These hazards require persons on board to exercise a high degree of care for their own safety. Do not operate equipment or switches, position any valves, or enter any posted areas without prior approval from the ship’s force. Be aware of where you place your hands. Never grasp things such as cables or wires. Please be aware that the ladders on the aircraft carrier are steep and there will be walking and climbing involved in the tour. If you are claustrophobic or have other physical ailments, it may be better to forego your visit.
Prohibited Items: Explosives and incendiaries, firearms, ammunition, other dangerous weapons, illegal drugs, transmitting devices, personal defense aerosols or sprays, alcoholic beverages, radioactive material, computer equipment, and any item the possession of which is a violation of federal, state, or local laws. Please note: Upon entering any U.S. Navy installation, all vehicles and hand-carried items are subject to inspection.
Minimum Age to Tour: 8 years old -- this is due to safety concerns and hazards that are naturally present on a naval ship.
Emergency Procedures: In the unlikely event that an emergency situation arises, alarms will sound and the word will be given. You are requested to stay where you are and remain clear of all passageways and operating areas. Do not obstruct ladders, hatches, or watertight doors. Allow ship’s personnel to perform required action without interference. The member of the ship’s company in charge at the scene will explain the situation as soon as they are able.
COMNAVAIRLANT Public Affairs
Hours of Operation: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone Number - (757) 836-4394
If you are interested in taking a tour of a U.S. East Coast aircraft carrier or squadron and have read all of the above information, please complete the form below:
ALL TOURS REQUIRE A MINIMUM FOUR WEEKS' NOTICE