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Tall Ship Eagle

USCGC Eagle

The 295-foot Barque Eagle is the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard. She serves as a training vessel for cadets at the Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School. The Eagle is the only active-duty sailing vessel in America's military, and one of only two commissioned sailing vessels, along with the USS Constitution.

Training on Eagle

The primary mission of the Eagle is training. Every cadet who attends the Coast Guard Academy will spend a minimum of six weeks on board Eagle. In addition to learning the nautical traditions of their profession, cadets learn basic seamanship and navigation skills as well as important team-building and leadership skills.

Why Sail-Training?

So, why train Coast Guard cadets on a tall ship when most will spend their careers on state-of-the-art ships and aircraft? Because the ways of old still have much to teach. The conditions and situations that you face under sail can’t be replicated either in a classroom or aboard today's modern ships.

On board Eagle, cadets find themselves suddenly out of their element. Totally dependent on wind, waves and currents, they quickly learn how these forces of nature affect a vessel. They become skilled in ship-handling, decision-making and meeting unexpected challenges. They learn the importance of crew members working together to handle the ship safely.

Tall Ship EagleFeatured Video

Since 1946 every new cadet undergoing officer training has begun his or her career by learning to sail on Eagle – the traditional way.

Tall Ship Eagle Featured Events
9-12 July
Cartagena, Columbia
Port Call
15-18 July
Curaçao
Port Call
27-30 July
Miami, Florida
Embark Cadets. Swab Summer Short Phase I Begins.
4-6 August
Norfolk, Virginia
Embark Cadets. Swab Summer Short Phase II Begins.
17-20 August
New London, Connecticut
Cadet Summer Training Ends
23 September
Baltimore, Maryland
Officer Candidate Training Begins
6 October
Baltimore, Maryland
Admissions Event
8 October
Baltimore, Maryland
Officer Candidate Training Ends
8 October
Coast Guard Yard
Yard Period Resumes