U.S. Coast Guard training ship Eagle visits the DR

Since 1946, the Eagle has sailed each summer in support of U.S. Coast Guard officer training programs, exposing future leaders to their first experiences of life at sea.

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo announced the arrival of the U.S. Coast Guard training ship Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Eagle arrived on May 25 and will remain until May 28 as part of its academic and cultural mission; during its stay, the public will have the opportunity to visit it.

In the Dominican Republic, the Eagle will be at the Dominican Navy’s Apostadero Naval in San Souci, where the crew will be offering free tours to the public during the following itinerary:

  • Saturday, May 25: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 26: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 27: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Next destinations of the ship

Buque De Escuela EagleAfter concluding its visit in the Dominican Republic, the training ship Eagle will head to Cartagena, Colombia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bridgetown, Barbados; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of its three-month tour through the end of July, during which time the crew will have academic exchanges and offer free tours to the public.

“The ship Eagle has a long history of sailing the Caribbean,” said Captain Jessica Rozzi-Ochs, commanding officer of the Eagle: “The cadets are really looking forward to sharing this 88-year-old maritime treasure with the people of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. During their visit, the cadets will provide free public tours of the Eagle as well as participate in community projects and enjoy the wonderful local culture.”

Originally, the Eagle was commissioned as the Horst Wessel in 1936 to serve as a training ship for Germany’s naval officers prior to World War II. After the end of the war, it passed into U.S. hands as a war indemnity.

Only ship in its class

Today the Eagle is the training ship of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is the only ship of her class actively serving in the U.S. Government with port in New London, Connecticut. She is a three-masted vessel measuring 295 feet in length and is equipped with 23,500 square feet of sail and up to six miles of rigging.

A permanent, experienced crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted Coast Guard cutters maintain the ship and provide a solid foundation of knowledge and seamanship for training up to 153 cadets and officer candidates at a time. Supported by a temporary crew during training deployments, the Eagle routinely sails with more than 230 personnel aboard.

Since 1946, the Eagle has sailed each summer in support of U.S. Coast Guard officer training programs, exposing future leaders to their first experiences of life at sea.

Source:Noticiassin.com

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