The sail training ship USCGC Eagle

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© USCG - Brown, Telfair H. PA1

© USCG – Brown, Telfair H. PA1

The USCGC Eagle is a 295-foot (90 m) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. She is the seventh U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792. Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from her homeport at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London (Connecticut) and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These cruises fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.

The Eagle began its existence as a ship of the Gorch Fock class. Constructed and designed by John Stanley, the ship was an improvement on the original design. She was larger in dimension and her spars were all steel, unlike Gorch Fock’s wooden yards. The Eagle was built at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, Germany in 1936 and operated at that time under the name Horst Wessel. At the end of World War II, the vessels was taken by the United States as war reparations.

Figurehead © Concord/cc-by-sa-3.0 USCG Eagle © defense.gov - Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley Cruise ship Explorer of the Seas and the USCG Eagle © Jmanwells12 Helm station © Autopilot/cc-by-sa-3.0 Opsail2000 parade © U.S. Navy - Mate 1st Class Johnny Bivera © USCG - Brown, Telfair H. PA1
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USCG Eagle © defense.gov - Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley
The Eagle has a standing crew of six officers and 56 enlisted; on training missions, she carries on the average a complement of 12 officers, 68 crew, and up to 150 cadets. Each year, she takes one long training cruise to the Caribbean, the Pacific Coast, or Europe, and two shorter cruises along the U.S. East Coast. During her many years of service, Eagle has traveled to ports throughout the United States and overseas. Among her various cruises, Eagle has participated in various Tall Ship races and events including the various incarnations of Operation Sail, most notably the American Bicentennial OpSail ’76.

In September 1987, she undertook a yearlong cruise to Australia from her home at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During this cruise Academy instructors were embarked to conduct the cadets’ courses while underway. In 2005, as part of the Trafalgar 200 International Fleet Review in the Solent off southern England, Eagle was one of a number of tall ships from several nations to be reviewed by Queen Elizabeth II, along with the U.S. Navy warship USS Saipan (LHA-2). Later that summer, Eagle returned to Bremerhaven for the first time since World War II, to an enthusiastic welcome.

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