Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to depart New London for summer training May 8

An Academy news release. Sounds like two cruises, a long almost 11 week cruise, probably 1st and 3rd class, followed by a short cruise of less than three week for the incoming 4th class and the 2nd class.

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News Release, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to depart New London for summer training
Coast Guard Cutter Eagle NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to depart New London to begin summer training for more than 130 U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets on Saturday, May 8. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.

“We are extremely excited to be getting back underway for a full summer training season,” said Capt. Michael Turdo, Eagle’s commanding officer. “The opportunity to sail abroad allows us to represent the Coast Guard and the United States to the public and international community.”

Specific port call dates this summer are:

May 25–28: Azores, Portugal
June 11–16: Reykjavik, Iceland
July 7–10: Hamilton, Bermuda
July 23–26: New London, Conn.
July 30–August 2: Newport, R.I.
August 6–9: Portland, Maine
August 13–14: New London, Conn.

Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.

A permanent crew of nine officers and 49 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the trainees through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.

To follow the Eagle’s summer cruise, visit the ship’s Facebook page here.

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