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Presidential Visits to Navy Vessels

1844-2022

This list includes ship visits by presidents, during their terms as president. 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. 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) Princeton (Screw Steamer) 1844
Franklin Pierce (1853-57) Wabash (Screw Frigate) 1856
Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) Minnesota (Frigate) 1862
  Vanderbilt 1862
  Monitor (Ironclad Monitor) 1862
  Montauk (Monitor) 1865
William McKinley (1897-1901) Sylph (Converted Yacht) 1898-1901
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) Illinois (Battleship No. 7) 1902
  Texas (Battleship No. 35) 1903
  Mayflower (Converted Yacht) 1905-09
  Plunger (Submarine Torpedo Boat No. 2) 1905
  Louisiana (Battleship No. 19) 1906; 1909
  Connecticut (Battleship No. 18) 1907; 1909
  Mississippi (Battleship No. 23) 1907
  Yankton (Converted Yaht) 1907
William H. Taft (1909-13) Sylph 1909-13
  Mayflower 1909-13
  Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) 1910
  Arkansas (Battleship No. 33) 1912
Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) Sylph 1913-21
  Mayflower 1913-21
  Pennsylvania (Battleship No. 38) 1917
  George Washington (Id. No. 3018) 1918-1919
  Oregon (Battleship No. 3) 1919
Warren G. Harding (1921-23) Mayflower 1921-23
  Pennsylvania 1921
  Henderson (Troop Tansport No. 1) 1923
Calvin Coolidge (1923-29) Mayflower 1923-29
  Memphis (CL-13) 1928
  Utah (Battleship No. 31) 1928
  Texas 1928
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) Arizona (Battleship No. 39) 1930;1931
  Salt Lake City (CA-25) 1930
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45) Sequoia (AG-23) 1933-39
  Houston (CA-30) 1934; 1935; 1938; 1939
  Potomac (AG-25) 1936-45
  Indianapolis (CA-35) 1933; 1934; 1936
  Phelps (DD-360) 1937
  Philadelphia (CL-41) 1938
  Tuscaloosa (CA-37) 1939; 1940
  Augusta (CL-31) 1941
  HMS Prince of Wales 1941
  Memphis (CL-13) 1943
  HMS Aimwell 1943
  Humboldt (AVP-21) 1943
  Iowa (BB-61) 1943
  Baltimore (CA-68) 1944
  Cummings (DD-365) 1944
  Quincy (CA-71) 1945
  Catoctin (AGC-5) 1945
Harry S. Truman (1945-53) Williamsburg (AGC-369) 1945-52
  Augusta 1945
  Missouri (BB-63) 1945; 1947
  Lansdowne (DD-486) 1945
  Ex-German Submarine U-2513 1946
  Requin (SS-481) 1948
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) Williamsburg 1953
  Owyhee River (LSMR-515) 1953
  Saratoga (CV-60) 1957
  Seawolf (SSN-575) 1957
  Canberra (CA-70) 1957
  Des Moines (CA-134) 1959
  Saint Paul (CA-73) 1960
  Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) 1960
John F. Kennedy (1961-63) Honey Fitz (Presidential Yacht) 1961-63
  Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) 1962
  Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610) 1962
  Enterprise (CVAN-65) 1962
  Northampton (CLC-1) 1962
  Chopper (SS-342) 1962
  Observation Island (EAG-154) 1963
  Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) 1963
  Oriskany (CV-34) 1963
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69) Enterprise 1967
Richard M. Nixon (1969-74) Hornet (CVS-12) 1969
  Arlington (AGMR-2) 1969
  Saratoga 1969; 1970
  Independence (CVA-62) 1973
Gerald R. Ford (1974-77) Nimitz (CVAN-68) 1975
  Forrestal (CVA-59) 1976
James E. Carter (1977-81) Los Angeles (SSN-688) 1977
  Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) 1978
Ronald W. Reagan (1981-89) Constellation (CVA-64) 1981
  New Jersey (BB-62) 1982
  Iowa 1986
George H.W. Bush (1989-93) Forrestal 1989
  America (CVA-66) 1989
  Belknap (DLG-26) 1989
William J. Clinton (1993-2001) Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)  1993
  Carl Vinson (CVN-70) 1993; 1995
  George Washington (CVN-73) 1994
  Independence 1996
  Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) 1998
  Hue City (CG-66) 2000
George W. Bush (2001-2009) Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2003
  Iwo Jima (LHD-7) 2005
  George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) 2009
Barack H. Obama (2009-2017) Carl Vinson 2011
  Ross (DDG-71) 2016
Donald J. Trump (2017-2021) Wasp (LHD-1) 2020
Joseph R. Biden (2021-) Delaware (SSN-791) 2022
Published: Fri Oct 28 18:01:22 EDT 2022