Published May 27. 2013 4:00AM
New London — The Coast Guard barque Eagle successfully completed its first week of the cadet summer training program in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, May 18.
Eagle left New London and sailed more than 600 miles en route to the Caribbean. Eagle’s summer deployment spans 11 weeks and includes nine port calls in five countries, with four different groups of cadets from the Coast Guard Academy training onboard.
There are currently 24 upper-class cadets and 120 cadets who just completed their freshman year on board.
“The Eagle crew has challenged these future officers, especially the upper class cadets, to assume the leadership roles of junior officers while sailing the barque and they have truly taken ownership of this responsibility,” said Capt. Wes Pulver, commander of Eagle. “Upper-class cadets are leading the rising sophomores during navigation, engineering, bridge, and deck watches, and are helping them understand how a Coast Guard cutter operates while at sea. The challenges of living aboard and manning a square-rigger on the open ocean are building the teamwork, character and leadership skills necessary for success as officers in the Coast Guard.”
To follow Eagle’s summer cruise, visit the ship’s Facebook page.