Coast Guard cutter Eagle sets sail

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The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Eagle sailed Friday for the 2012 Summer Training Cruise and participation in Operation Sail 2012 and War of 1812 Bicentennial events in New Orleans; New York; Norfolk, Va.; Baltimore; Boston; and New London, Conn.

"It is an honor to participate in commemorating the War of 1812 with the United States Navy and other international tall ships," said Capt. Eric C. Jones, the Eagle’s commanding officer. "The Eagle's 2012 schedule provides challenging at-sea opportunities for training future Coast Guard officers, while also building an appreciation for our nation's rich maritime heritage through our participation in Operation Sail 2012 and War of 1812 commemoration events."

In all, the Eagle will visit 12 ports, including:

• April 17-20, New Orleans
• April 26-29, Jacksonville, Fla.
• April 29-May 3, Mayport, Fla.
• May 4-7, Savannah, Ga.
• May 23-28, New York
• June 8-11, Norfolk, Va.
• June 14-17, Baltimore
• June 30-July 3, Boston
• July 6-10, New London
• July 20-23, Halifax, Nova Scotia
• July 27-30, Portland, Maine
• Aug. 3-6, Newport, R.I.

The Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the United States flag and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. A three-masted barque, the Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard. A permanent crew of six officers and 49 enlisted personnel guides the trainees through a rigorous underway and in-port training curriculum dedicated to the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.