Eagle 75: Honoring the past

CGC Eagle in Hamburg

The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle moored to the Landungsbruecken Pier in Hamburg, Germany, in celebration of its construction 75 years ago at the Blohm and Voss Shipyards June 5, 2011. The Eagle was originally a training vessel for the Germany Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle recently visited Hamburg, Germany, as it continues on its 75th anniversary journey. Built in Hamburg in 1936, the crew honored the ship’s past and reminisced its legacy during the historic port call.

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell, public affairs specialist aboard Eagle.

Eagle moors in Hamburg

Eagle is greeted by the public and a military band as it moors up to the Landungsbruecken Pier June 3, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

In an exultant return to the city of Hamburg, Germany, the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived at the Landungsbruecken Pier Friday in celebration of the ships construction at the Blohm & Voss Shipyards in Hamburg 75 years ago.

After a 20-day transit across the North Atlantic Ocean and a visit to Waterford, Ireland, the Eagle’s crew has traveled through the English Channel and Elbe River to arrive in Hamburg.

The crew was greeted with a warm welcome as a military band led the celebration by playing America’s national anthem. Hundreds of people cheered as the crew dropped the brow of the ship, which will be used to bring visitors aboard the Eagle over the next three days.

The Eagle has two primary missions, to train future officers of the Coast Guard and to serve as an ambassador to the foreign nations. By meeting with dignitaries and providing free tours to the public, the Eagle’s crew builds with relationships with allies as well as an educational tour of a historic tall ship.

Blohm and Voss Shipyard tour

Eagle crewmembers tour the Blohm and Voss Shipyard June 5, 2011. Originally named the Horst Wessel, the ship was built for use as a German Navy officer training ship. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

“The Eagle does not only represent the Coast Guard, but also the United States,” said Lt. Jeff Janaro, the operations officer aboard Eagle. “We are happy to be here. We are also very pleased with how the ship was built; it is a testament to renowned German craftsmanship. We’re very happy to bring the Eagle back to its birthplace.”

Consul General Dr. Inmi Kim Patterson, Captain Klaus Beyer, the commanding officer of the Regional Command Hamburg, U.S. Naval Attaché Stephen Beck von Peccoz, U.S. Naval Attaché William Suggs and Press Attaché Mitchell Moss met with Coast Guard Capt. Eric Jones, commanding officer of Eagle, to welcome him and the crew to Hamburg.

Afterwards, Capt. Jones made a visit to the city’s Harbor Master Joerg Pollmann, to thank him for helping make the Eagle’s trip to Hamburg successful.

Hamburg City Hall tour

Eagle crewmembers tour Hamburg City Hall, Jun. 3, 2011. The city hall survived through World War II and is still used to this day by the German government. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

Members of the crew were invited to Hamburg City Hall to meet with Wolfgang Schmidt, Hamburg’s state secretary for foreign affairs, for lunch, which was followed by a tour of the city hall.

“I think that the city of Hamburg welcomed us very graciously; it was nice to have that sort of reception,” said Janaro. “We’re very thankful and appreciative of the city of Hamburg.”

The city welcomed the Eagle and the crew back to Hamburg, celebrating a historic ship that has served as a common bond between Germany and the United States.

The ships next stop is this Friday June 10 in London, England. Stay tuned to the Compass or the Eagle’s Facebook page to follow its adventures. You can also track Eagle’s position, speed and miles covered here.

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