Leaders to Sea Embarkation Information

Welcome to the Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) "Leaders to Sea" Program! To ensure your trip is as enjoyable as possible, please plan for the following prior to your embarkation:

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: Family members or close associates may call the Force Staff Duty Officer at (619) 437-3262, who will assist in getting a message to you. This number is provided for emergency situations only.

BASE ACCESS: You will be met at the gate to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on the morning of embark and escorted as a group to the headquarters building. Please be prepared to present photo identification if necessary.

SCHEDULE CHANGES: Naval operations are subject to change on short notice; occasionally, plans must be canceled completely. Should this occur, we will advise you immediately and try to minimize any inconvenience. Similarly, should you discover that you cannot join us, please let us know as early as possible so we can make appropriate notifications.

CLOTHING AND PERSONAL ITEMS: Dress casually. The ship is a working, industrial environment. Slacks or jeans and casual shirts are recommended; skirts, dresses, sport coats, and bulky clothing are not. A light jacket or sweater may be handy, as it is often cool and windy at sea. Comfortable shoes are a necessity for the shipboard environment; tennis or jogging shoes are best - no heels, sandals, flip-flops or other open-toed footwear are allowed! Sunglasses are recommended.

FILM AND CAMERAS: You are welcome and encouraged to bring a camera to document your trip and share your experience with others. Your escort will advise you of areas where photography is restricted.

BAGS: If you choose to bring a camera, light jacket, sunglasses, notepad, or similar items, a small backpack is recommended. Remember that you will be climbing up and down ladder wells (“stairs” between levels of the ship that are very narrow and steep, with open sides and spaces in between the steps), and will also want your hands free to take pictures; purses or similar can become cumbersome.

MEDICAL: Shipboard living is arduous, and your visit will include considerable walking and climbing of ladder wells. Warships, by their very nature, present hazards not normally encountered ashore. Being alert and exercising care for your personal safety will help ensure your visit is not marred by an accident. You must be in reasonably good health for your visit, as noted on your application; if in doubt, a checkup by your physician is recommended. Emergency medical or dental treatment is available on board ship if needed. We strongly advise those with a tendency for motion sickness to take a non-drowsy medication prior to your embark. Please consult your physician with any questions or concerns, and be sure to bring any medications you regularly take throughout the day or may need in case of medical emergency (such as inhalers or migraine medication).

MESS FEE: We appreciate the time our host ships take to accommodate our guests and the resources they expend. Please be prepared to remit a $20 (U.S.) mess fee to the COMNAVSURFOR Public Affairs representative upon completion of your day at sea.

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