The historic Coast Guard cutter Eagle has nearly completed the first leg of its 75th anniversary voyage to Europe.
The vessel left New London on May 7 and is scheduled to arrive today in Waterford, Ireland. It’s the first of eight port calls for the ship, which is carrying 140 cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
It will then head to Hamburg, Germany, where it was built in 1936 as the Horst Wessel. The U.S. 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.