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Home port Port aux Fran├žais lettered beneath the ship name on the stern

A vessel's home port, port of registry, or hailing port, is its port of origin as shown on its registration documents[1] and lettered on the stern of the ship's hull.[2] In the cruise industry the term "home port" is often mistakenly used in reference to a ship's port of departure.


In the Navy, a ship's home port is the port best suited to provide maintenance and restock weaponry particular to ships of that class and build. On conclusion of their tour of duty, a combat vessel returning to port will usually return to their home port.

A single home port also makes it easier for family to visit sailors on leave. All ships of the same class usually have the same home port.

See also


  1. ^ MacKenzie, Mike (2005-2007). "Nautical Dictionary, Glossary and Terms Directory". Retrieved 2007-04-13.  
  2. ^ "Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 67.123". United States Government. Retrieved 2007-04-17.  


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