Onboard the Barque Eagle, we are very excited about the training program in 2015. Throughout the summer, Eagle will travel to the the Caribbean and along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. 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