The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will sail from New London on April 30, 2010, to begin a training summer in the Caribbean Sea and along the East Coast. Eagle will make visits to the following U.S. ports in conjunction with her training mission:
May 7 – 10 San Juan, Puerto Rico
July 2 – 5 Corpus Christi, Texas
July16 – 19 Key West, Fla.
July 23 – 26 Miami, Fla.
July 30 – August 2 Savannah, Ga.
August 6 – 9 Wilmington, N.C.
In addition to U.S. port calls, Eagle will be visiting foreign ports in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, including Cartagena, Colombia and Vera Cruz, Mexico, in May and June. These port visits will be held in conjunction with the Vela Sud America 2010 celebrations and will include numerous sail-training vessels from around the world.
Eagle is the largest tall-ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. A three-masted barque, Eagle’s foremast and mainmast carry square sails and her mizzenmast carries fore-and-aft sails.
Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the Coast Guard. A permanent crew of six officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for her primary mission of training Coast Guard cadets and officer candidates.
This professional crew guides the trainees through a rigorous underway and in-port training schedule dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.
More information on Eagle and Vela Sud America 2010 can be found at the following websites: http://www.cga.edu/display.aspx?id=2558 and www.histarmar.com.ar/Velas2010/VELAS2010-Index.htm