USS ARIES Museum Meeting

Gasconade/Hermann Missouri

18-19 October 2023


1. Registration

First, please register for the joint meeting with USS ARIES Museum by completing the form. (button below) Include the expected number of people attending the meeting. Then complete the Payment section.


2. Payment

Next, select the appropriate PayPal button(s) below for no-host dinner and no-host lunches. You may pay using an existing PayPal account, or any major credit card / debit card. 

Meeting fee plus two box lunches and group dinner: $120.00
Meeting fee plus one box lunch and group dinner: $100.00

Meeting Information and Schedule

This event will provide an outstanding opportunity for former PHM operators and Mobile Logistic Support Group (MLSG) personnel to share their experiences and participate in planning for the future of USS ARIES, PHM-5.   All those interested in hydrofoils, the PHM Program, and high-speed marine craft are encouraged to attend! 

This is also an opportunity to enjoy Oktoberfest 2023 activities in Hermann, go to:

The tentative schedule is as follows:   

 Day 1 – OCTOBER 18 Wednesday

 Location: USS ARIES Museum, Gasconade, MO and Vinchester Inn, Hermann Missouri

            0900 – 1000     Sign in/coffee at USS ARIES Museum, Gasconade, MO

                                          Welcome/opening remarks by Eliot James, Ray Vellinga and Mark Bebar

            1000 – 1020      Attendee introductions/connection to PHM 

            1020 – 1030      Overview of museum tour/demos (Eliot James)

            1030 – 1130      USS ARIES walk-through (Eliot James)

            1130 – 1230      Break:  transit to Hermann for lunch – Vinchester Inn  North Star event space           

            1230 – 1330      Box lunch (sandwich/chips/soft drinks) 

            1330 – 1430      ex-PHMRON/MLSG staff experiences (informal remarks)

            1430 – 1530      USS ARIES – current restoration status and issues (Eliot James)

            1530 – 1700      USS ARIES options for the future (Eliot James – lead) 

            1700 – 1745      Break before dinner

            1745 – 1930      Group dinner Vinchester Inn – North Star event space.

   Day 2 – OCTOBER 19 Thursday 

   Location: USS ARIES Museum, Gasconade, MO                                    

            0900 – 0930 Sign in/coffee

            0930 – 1030 Discussion of USS ARIES options for the Future (Eliot James – lead) 

                                    Goal: form a small team to develop details and report back

           1030 – 1300  Craft demos

           1300 – 1400  Box lunch 

           1400 – Closing remarks/farewell at end of lunch

           1400 – 1700 Free time for Octoberfest activities / additional craft demos if needed

For information on the USS Aries Museum and PHM-5, go to: and 

The museum also includes the following high-speed craft that are in working order and will be available for demonstrations and/or rides on October 19.  

  • President Nixon’s Volga hydrofoil
  • Three Dynafoils,
  • Water Spyder
  • Hi-Foil 2

They are described on the website at the following links: