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Cross-Atlantic Voyage For Coast Guard Cutter

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The historic Coast Guard cutter Eagle is setting sail for its 75th anniversary voyage to Europe.

The vessel is scheduled to leave New London on Saturday during a ceremony to celebrate its trip, which includes 140 U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets and eight port calls.

The Eagle’s first stop will be Ireland on May 27.

It will then head to Hamburg, Germany, where it was built in 1936 as the Horst Wessel. The U.S. later claimed it as war reparation and re-commissioned it in 1946.

The Eagle will also stop in England, Iceland and Nova Scotia before returning to the U.S. It is scheduled to visit Boston, New York and New Bedford, Mass., before returning to Connecticut in August.

More than 600 cadets and officer candidates train on the Eagle each year.

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