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USCGC EAGLE BARQUE (WIX 327)

 

The Eagle Experience

Over the next few months, we are very excited to complete dry dock availability and commence the 2017 training program. Throughout the summer, Eagle will train 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 her permanent 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 

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Officer Candidates practice throwing Rescue Heaving Lines on the deck of the EAGLE. They use life rings for targets. This skill is necessary in the Coast Guard, whose main objective is that of a LIFE SAVING SERVICE. How accurate are you? #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #PUDDLEPIRATE #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST
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The crew practices lowering the small boat to make sure everything is in good working order. You never know when it will have to be lowered in an emergency, so the crew likes to stay well prepared. #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #PUDDLEPIRATE #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST
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The crew head out onto the BowSprit to dress the for sails. It may look like a nice place to hammock around, but when the weather turns sour, this might be the last place you want to be. #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #PUDDLEPIRATE #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST
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Captain Matt Meilstrup, commanding officer of the Barque Eagle, always seems to have a smile on his face. Maybe because he knows that the ship is in capable hands. His leadership breeds respect. #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #PUDDLEPIRATE #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST
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It takes a lot of team work and coordination to pilot the Eagle. These skills are what will make effective leaders in the Officer Candidates as they continue their Coast Guard careers. #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #PUDDLEPIRATE #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST
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This ancient brass voice amplifying device is used by the Officer Candidates to relay orders to the crew. Some times the wind can be so loud at sea that it takes a big voice to reach across the decks. #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #PUDDLEPIRATE #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST
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Group photos of EAGLE, her crew, TDY members, Auxiliarists, and Tall Ship of America folks before our transit across the Atlantic. Next stop, Portsmouth, England!!
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Learning how to tie lines is a specific skill that every seaman must learn. This photo shows a Boatswains Mate teaching an Officer Candidate how to make up a heaving line to a mooring hauser. #USCG #COASTGUARD #EAGLE #BARQUEEAGLE #CGA #OCS #DHS #NOAA #GOCOASTGUARD #GOCORPS #FOLLOWUS #LIKEOURPAGE #SHARE #TALLSHIP #SQUARERIG #SPRINGCRUISE #SALTYSAILOR #ADVENTURE #SETSAIL #SAILAWAY #WINDPOWER #THISSHIPDONTDRIVEITSELF #YAHBUOY #AVAST