18-19 October 2023
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.
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:
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: