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Presidential Visits to Naval Ships

This list includes ship visits by presidents, during their terms as president, presently known to the Ships History Branch. There have undoubtedly been others; any additional information would be appreciated. Commissioned presidential yachts are included though these were not, strictly speaking, "visits to Navy ships" since these yachts were not part of the operating forces. The yacht Sequoia is listed under F.D. Roosevelt only, the only period during which she was in commission. Small craft, such as the motor boats used by a number of presidents after World War II, are not included. Individual ship histories are included in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
John Tyler (1841-45)           Steam sloop Princeton (1844)

Franklin Pierce (1853-57)      Steam frigate Wabash (1856)

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)    Frigate Minnesota (1862)
		               Steamer Vanderbilt (1862) 
		               Ironclad Monitor (1862) 
		               Single-turreted Monitor Montauk (1865)
                               
William McKinley (1897-1901)   Yacht Sylph (1898-1901)

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09)   Yacht Sylph (1901-09)
                               Battleship Illinois (1902)

                               Yacht Mayflower (1905-09)
                               Submarine torpedo boat Plunger (1905)
                               Battleship Louisiana (1906)
                               Battleship Connecticut (1907; 1909)

                               Battleship Mississippi (1907)

William H. Taft (1909-13)      Yacht Sylph (1909-13)
                               Yacht Mayflower (1909-13)
                               Battleship Arkansas (1912)

Woodrow Wilson (1913-21)       Yacht Sylph (1913-21)
                               Yacht Mayflower (1913-21)
                               Transport George Washington (1919)

Warren G. Harding (1921-23)    Yacht Mayflower (1921-23)

Calvin Coolidge (1923-29)      Yacht Mayflower (1923-29)
                               Battleship Utah (1928)

                               Battleship Texas (1928)

Herbert C. Hoover (1929-33)    Battleship Maryland (1928-29)
                               Battleship Utah (1928-29)

                               Battleship Arizona (1931)

F. D. Roosevelt (1933-45)      Yacht Sequoia (1933-36)
                               Heavy cruiser Houston (1934; 1935; 1938; 1939)

                               Yacht Potomac (1936-45)
                               Heavy cruiser Indianapolis (1933; 1936)
                               Destroyer Phelps (1937)

                               Light cruiser Philadelphia (1938)
                               Heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa (1939, 1940)
                               Heavy cruiser Augusta (1941)

                               British battleship HMS Prince of Wales (1941)
                               Light cruiser Memphis (1943)
                               British seagoing tug Aimwell (1943)
                               Small seaplane tender Humboldt (1943) 
                               Battleship Iowa (1943)	

                               Heavy cruiser Baltimore (1944)
                               Destroyer Cummings (1944)
                               Heavy cruiser Quincy (1945)
                               Amphibious command ship Catoctin (1945)

Harry S. Truman (1945-53)      Yacht Williamsburg (1945-52)
                               Heavy cruiser Augusta (1945)
                               Battleship Missouri (1945, 1947)

                               Destroyer Lansdowne (1945)
                               Submarine U-2513 (1946)
                               not yet identified (1946-47)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) Yacht Williamsburg (1953)
                               Carrier Saratoga (1957)
                               Submarine Seawolf (1957)
                               Guided missile heavy cruiser Canberra (1957)

                               Heavy cruiser Des Moines (1959)
                               Heavy cruiser Saint Paul (1960)
                               Submarine (unidentified)
                               Fleet ballistic missile submarine Patrick Henry (1960)

John F. Kennedy (1961-63)      Destroyer Joseph P Kennedy Jr (1962)
                               Coast Guard training ship Eagle (1962)
                               Submarine Chopper (1962)

                               Fleet ballistic missile submarine Thomas A. Edison (1963)
                               Missile test ship Observation Island 1963)
                               Carrier Kitty Hawk (1963)

                               Carrier Oriskany (1963)

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69)    Carrier Enterprise (1967)

Richard M. Nixon (1969-74)     Carrier Hornet (1969)
                               Major Communications Relay Ship Arlington (1969)
                               Carrier Saratoga (1969; 1970)
                               Carrier Independence (1973)

Gerald R. Ford (1974-77)       Carrier Forrestal (1976)

James E. Carter (1977-81)      Submarine Los Angeles (1977)
                               Carrier Dwight D Eisenhower (1978)

Ronald Reagan (1981-89)        Carrier Constellation (1981)
                               Battleship New Jersey (1982)
                               Battleship Iowa (1986)


George H. W. Bush (1989-93)    Carrier Forrestal (1989)
                               Carrier America (1989)
                               Guided Missile Cruiser Belknap (1989)


William J. Clinton (1993-2001) Carrier Theodore Roosevelt (1993)
                               Carrier Carl Vinson (1993; 1995)
                               Carrier George Washington (1994)
                               Carrier Independence (1996)
                               Carrier Harry S. Truman (1998)
                               Guided Missile Cruiser Hue City (2000)
                               
George W. Bush (2001-2009)     Carrier Abraham Lincoln (2003)
   			       Amphibious Assault Ship Iwo Jima(2005)
                               Carrier George H. W. Bush (2009)

Barack H. Obama (2009-   )