Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to depart on 75th anniversary voyage News Release Date: May 4, 2011 Contact: Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (860) 444-8270 http://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/2487/1078691/ NEW LONDON, Conn. - A departure ceremony is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle at Coast Guard Station New London adjacent to Fort Trumbull here. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut organized the first of two chamber-led efforts to honor the Coast Guard’s training vessel and goodwill ambassador as the ship and its crew embark on their 75th anniversary voyage to Europe with more than 140 cadets aboard. U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and New London Mayor Martin T. Olsen Jr. will join residents from the region to wish the Eagle and its crew well. “We want as many people as possible to join with us at Fort Trumbull to show our support for the Eagle, her captain and crew who train the Coast Guard’s future leaders,” said Tony Sheridan, the chamber’s president and CEO. “It will be fun to watch as this magnificent vessel leaves the pier and heads out to sea. The Coast Guard is an important part of our community. Its life-saving mission and work in homeland security responsibilities are important for our nation.” Capt. Eric C. Jones said this trip is special because Eagle is heading back to the shipyard where it was built in 1936. "While we're excited to embark on this voyage celebrating Eagle's 75 years as a sail-training ship, we'll be missing our homeport and looking forward to our return to friends and family in August the moment the lines come in," said Jones. The crew of the Eagle will be met by a group of Connecticut residents organized by the Chamber of commerce at their first of eight port calls in Waterford, Ireland, May 27. “We will be looking forward to seeing some of our homeport friends after the three-week crossing of the North Atlantic,” said Jones. After stopping in Ireland, the Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Hamburg, Germany, June 3, where the ship was built at the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in 1936 and commissioned as the Horst Wessel. The remaining scheduled port calls include: June 10, London, England June 24, Reykjavik, Iceland July 15, Halifax, Nova Scotia July 22, Boston, Mass. July 29, New Bedford, Mass. Aug. 5, New York The Eagle is a prominent feature of New London Harbor and a key training vessel for cadets at the Coast Guard Academy. The ship was taken as a war reparation at the end of World War II, re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and brought to New London, which has been its homeport ever since. The crew of the Eagle travels about 13,000 miles, trains more than 600 Coast Guard cadets and officer candidates and averages between six and eight port calls each year.