Onboard the Barque Eagle, we are very excited about the training program in 2014. While the complete schedule for the year has not been finalized, the first stop will be in Morehead City, North Carolina in late March with the Spring OCS class. Throughout the summer, Eagle will travel to the Caribbean, along the Eastern Seaboard, and to Canada with cadets and officer candidates, teaching them practical seamanship skills while indoctrinating them in the Coast Guard's afloat leadership laboratory.
Built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, Eagle is one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut, which has been its homeport ever since. Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets, and more recently officer candidates, an unparalleled leadership experience at sea.
We are looking forward to a tremendous voyage of safe and exciting sailing, hard work, and in-depth leadership training with the future officers of the Coast Guard.
-The crew of the Coast Guard Barque Eagle