Navy League Phuket Tours Aboard U.S. Navy ships visiting Phuket
One of the honorary privilages of belonging to Navy League Phuket is having the opportunity to join a special tour of a ship visiting Phuket. Although not all ships are open to visits many are, and our Navy League members and their invited guests join on these great adventures. A tour can often provide a unique opportunity to personally meet some of the officers and crew and as well as see compartment spaces and equipment rarely seen by the public.
Are you joining in on a ship tour? Please follow these guidelines.
- Who can join on a tour? Space is limited for tours. Priority is given to Navy League Phuket members and their guests.
- Photo ID will be required as part of check-in.
- Tour Time: You must be ready to pass through the U.S. Navy security check point at Fleet Landing, located within the Phuket Deep Sea Port in Ao Makham at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. It usually takes 15-20 minutes to ride the water-taxi out to the ship, the tour will last about 45-60 minutes, and then ferry back to the port another 15-20 minutes.
- Dress Code: NO skirts or dresses without shorts or long pants as there are steep ladders (stairs) throughout the ship.
- Right Foot Wear: Sport shoes are great. Sneakers, Rubber-sole shoes, Flat-sole shoes all work best.
- Wrong Foot Wear: NO open toes shoes, NO sandals, NO flip flops, NO high heels.
- Cameras OK: Cameras are allowed except in areas mentioned during the tour as "NO PHOTO AREAS". Everyone must pay attention during the tour to be aware of when NOT to take photos.
- Age limitation is 10-years-old or older.
- Sun protection: The sun can be very intense around the water, you should apply sun screen as in any outdoor activitys along with a hat and sun glasses.
- Souvenirs: At times ship souvenirs can be purchased, please carry U.S. dollars. Ships can't accept/exchange Thai baht.
Enjoy these pictures taken during some of our tours.
Phuket Navy League holds special tour of USS Curts (FFG 38)
June 15, 2010
As part of the appreciation for HeadStart International School, Kathu, supporting our Navy League July 4th All-America picnic we were able to invite an entire class of students and their instructor on a special tour. Even more rare was both the CO and XO of the Curts took the time to personally lead the tour.
click the pictures to see the gallery
February 2nd, 2010
Ship Visit & Tour: USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
On February 2nd a small party of Phuket Navy League members and their invited guests had the special opportunity to join CDR Matthew B. Ashley, Defense Attaché U.S. Embassy Bangkok, for a visit aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The guided tour included the ship's bridge, anchor & windlass room, hanger deck, combat information control center and flight deck, and a lot of ladders (steps).
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November 1st, 2009
Ship Visit & Tour: USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
On November 1st a small party of Phuket Navy League members and guests had the rare opportunity to join CDR Matthew B. Ashley, Defense Attaché US Embassy Bangkok on a visit aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). As a further rare experience the boarding party was welcomed on board by Capt. Jonathan L. Harnden, Executive Officer whom personally led the group on a very unique tour of the equipment spaces, medical spaces, ship's bridge and flight deck.
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September 24th, 2009
Ship Visit & Tour: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
On September 24th, 2009 our Navy League was able to assist in getting several hundred people out to this "floating city" of over 4,000 officers, sailors, marines and pilots.
Visit the USS Ronald Reagan website for additional interesting information.
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