â€œThis funding will help ensure that the EAGLE has a permanent home in Connecticut at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,â€ Senator Dodd said. â€œThis has been a long awaited victory for Connecticut and the Coast Guard, but there is still more work to be done. I will continue fighting to make sure that the Academy has the resources it needs to train the leaders of tomorrowâ€™s United States Coast Guard.â€
For more than 60 years, Eagle Pier was used to berth the Coast Guard Training Vessel EAGLE. However, in recent years, because the aging pier fell into such disrepair, the Coast Guard was forced to homeport the EAGLE at a pier at Fort Trumbull. The EAGLE is currently one of two remaining commissioned sailing vessels in American government service. The other vessel is the USS Constitution anchored in Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to showcasing a rich history, the EAGLE serves as a modern day seagoing classroom for Coast Guard Cadets, providing hands-on maritime instruction to supplement the studentâ€™s rigorous classroom workload.