Swift Boat Naval History Tour

Swift Boat Naval History Tour

Take a High-Speed Bay Tour Aboard a Legendary Swift Boat PCF-816 (Patrol Craft Fast)

Includes Maritime Museum General Admission

Be a part of history, ride the only active passenger carrying Swift Boat in the country. Feel the power of the twin 12 cylinder 2-stroke Detroit Diesels as you take a behind the scenes 75 minute narrated tour of San Diego’s military history.

Tour route heads under Coronado Bay Bridge, Naval Base San Diego, and then Naval Amphibious Base. It then heads back by the aircraft carrier basin and Naval Air Station North Island before returning to the Museum, plus a high speed run to feel the unique power of the Swift Boat.

First started Memorial Day 2014. This is a narrated tour describing PCF 816’s role in the U.S., Malta, Viet Nam, Swift Boat sailors, and the above establishments on the Bay.

A unique one of a kind adventure.

Indoor Exhibits, Below Deck Galleries are OPEN, as of June 15, 2021. The Russian Foxtrot class attack submarine B-39 remains closed. Please see “Overview Map” for new tour path.

Book now! Swift Boat Naval History Tour
Ticket range: $35 to $15


Boarding starts at the early time listed on your ticket (either 12:15 or 2:15). Check-in at least 15 minutes before (we suggest 30 minutes)

Includes Maritime Museum General Admission, you are welcome to explore the museum before and/or after your 75 minute Swift Naval History Tour.

MUSEUM HOURS
Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Swift Boat tour route

Swift Boat captain and sailors

Left to Right: John McClure (MMSD Captain), Tom Matyn, Bob Brown and
John Kelley – Photo credit: John Leighton

Left to right, Vietnam Swift Boat Sailor Navy Veterans Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Matyn, Lt Commander Dave Bradley, USN, and Senior Chief Petty Officer John E Kelly, USN, MMSD Swift Boat Chief Engineer at Maritime Museum of San Diego preparing the restored PCF 816 Swift Boat for weekend 75-minute narrated Naval History Bay Tours. PCF 816 was donated to the Swift Boat Sailors Association with the understanding that it would be restored and preserved, with maintenance and operation to be undertaken by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Swift Boat Veterans have assisted crew, guided visitors on tours, supported the Museum ship maintenance staff and generated funds to keep the PCF 816 Swift boat in great condition. – Photo credit: Maggie Walton

Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

POW Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

Note: There are no restrooms aboard the Swift Boat.