USCG Certification

Commissioned United States Coast Guard Cutter


USCGC Eagle (WIX-327), formerly the Horst Wessel and also known as the Barque Eagle, is a 295-foot (90 m) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is one of only two active commissioned sailing vessels in the United States military today, along with USS Constitution which is ported in the Boston Harbor. She is the seventh Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792, including the Revenue Cutter Eagle.

Each summer, Eagle deploys with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These voyages fulfill multiple roles. The primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role for the Coast Guard and the United States. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Barque
Homeport: New London, Connecticut
Sparred Length: 295
LOA: 266.67
LWL: 231
Draft: 17
Beam: 39
Rig height: 147.33
Freeboard: 14.5 (waist)
Sail Area: 22,245
Tons: 2,186
Hull: steel


Who Sails? Cadets and Officer Candidates
Program Type: Seamanship Training & Leadership Development
Normal cruising waters: Northern Western Hemisphere (summer), N/A (winter)
Season: March - September
Built: 1936
Crew: 56
Contact: Commanding Officer, USCGC EAGLE, 45 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320
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