Ship Tours

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Come climb aboard the amphibious carriers, cutters, destroyers and cruisers docked at the Embarcadero and get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the sailors serving in the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Join us on the San Francisco waterfront to tour our visiting ships docked at the Port of San Francisco and get a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of the sailors serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

We have several guides on this site to help you with information about planning your experience at Fleet Week under "Plan Your Trip".

Please Note: These piers are 1.7 miles apart on the waterfront. There will be two ships at each pier.

All ship tours are free of charge.

Tour lines are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Pier 30/32

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USS John P. Murtha

USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy, and is named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania. John P. Murtha is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

On 9 April 2010, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the Navy's 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock would be named John P. Murtha (LPD-26). A former United States Marine Corps officer, Murtha was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1974. Murtha served as either chairman or ranking minority member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommitteee from 1989 to 2010.

The contract to build John P. Murtha was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on 1 April 2011. John P. Murtha's keel was laid down on 6 June 2012 at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship was launched on 30 October 2014, christened five months later on 21 March 2015, delivered to the Navy on 13 May 2016, placed in active service on 11 August 2016, and commissioned on 8 October 2016. The ship was sponsored by Congressman Murtha's daughter, Donna S. Murtha.

USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26)

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Feb. 3, 2007) – Guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) departs from her homeport of Pearl Harbor, as part of USS Ronald Reagan’s Strike Group (CSG). Deploying under the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP), the CSG will operate in the western Pacific in support of U.S. commitments in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Rush (RELEASED)

USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy currently in service. The ship is named after Paul Hamilton, the third United States Secretary of the Navy.

Constructed at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, MainePaul Hamilton was commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina. The destroyer was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii after her commissioning. She is currently homeported in San Diego, California.

In July 2015, she along with the Royal Navy's HMS Duncan, participated in airstrikes against ISIL.

In 2019, cargo ship Bass Strait, belonging to Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Shipping Limited, launched a series of drones that surveilled and harassed Paul Hamilton in waters off of Southern California.

In honor of the ship's namesake Paul Hamilton, a South Carolinian who was a Revolutionary War soldier and the 42nd governor of South Carolina, USS Paul Hamilton flies the Moultrie Flag, a Revolutionary War battle flag closely associated with South Carolina.

USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60)

Conduct During Shipboard Tours

The public is encouraged to attend tours and interact with U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.

Report any suspicious activity immediately to military or police personnel

  • Over 18 years of age must have a valid government-issued ID
  • Those 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No large backpacks, oversized camera bags, or large purses
  • No holding areas for personal items - backpacks, strollers, bicycles, scooters, pets, etc.
  • All non-permitted items will not be allowed to remain on or near the pier areas. They will be removed from the pier and may be searched or otherwise disposed of.
  • No pre-registration or RSVP is required
  • Visitation to all participating vessels is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Ship tours may not be appropriate for those with disabilities and access and functional needs or certain medical conditions. There are steep ladders (stairways) to climb and uneven surfaces to traverse on board the ship. An alternative experience will be provided on the pier for those who wish to learn more about the ships in Port.
  • Open-toe shoes are not recommended. High heels are not permitted.
  • Failure to consent to screening and inspection will result in denial of authorization to enter the property.
  • All visitors will remain with the tour guide at all times and will not deviate from the dedicated tour route.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately to any military or police personnel.


Prohibited Items

All personnel is screened, and all bags are searched before entering the pier.

  • Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace, pepper spray, and aerosol spray cans
  • Large backpacks, oversized camera bags, or large purses
  • Smoking, dipping, or chewing gum while onboard USN Ships or within 100FT of watch-standers
  • Illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia, including marijuana
  • Food and drinks, including ice chests and coolers
  • Pets (including service animals)
  • Guns, knives, clubs, or weapons of any kind
  • Skateboards/bicycles/scooters
  • Gang-related clothing
  • Fireworks, flammable liquids, or other explosives