NEW LONDON, Conn. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's Tall Ship, announced Friday the 2012 Summer Training Cruise schedule and participation during Operation Sail 2012. The crew of the Eagle is scheduled to depart their homeport here April 5, 2012, to train cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During the training cruise, the crew and cadets will participate in Operation Sail, a gathering of the world's remaining windships. OpSail 2012 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. In all, the Eagle will visit 12 ports, including: • April 17 - April 20, New Orleans • April 26 - April 29, Jacksonville, Fla. • April 29 - May 3, Mayport, Fla. • May 4 - May 7, Savannah, Ga. • May 23 - May 28, New York • June 8 - June 11, Norfolk, Va. • June 14 - June 17, Baltimore • June 30 - July 3, Boston • July 6 - July 10, New London • July 20 - July 23, Halifax, Nova Scotia • July 27 - July 30, Portland, Maine • Aug. 3 - Aug. 6, Newport, R.I. "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." 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.