Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs Office schedules tours of aircraft carriers and squadrons based on group size and the availability of a carrier/squadron in port on the date desired. Please keep in mind that tours are limited to a maximum group size of 50. Carrier and squadron tours are approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length. If you are interested in taking a tour of a U.S. aircraft carrier or squadron, please contact:
COMNAVAIRLANT Public Affairs at (757) 836-4388.
If you have already scheduled a tour, you may find the following information useful:
Attire: We recommend casual attire. 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.
Ship’s Memorabilia: Please bring cash. The carrier or squadron may have some small memorabilia items (ball caps, cups, t-shirts, etc.) for sale onboard if you are interested in a souvenir.
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.
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.