2015-08-06 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

NUWC Change of Command

Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley (left) and Rear Adm. (select) Moises DelToro (right) exchange salutes as they formally pass command of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center from Jabaley to DelToro. Looking on is Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Newport Navy League One of the Best

More than 200 members of the Navy League of Newport County, elected officials, and community members gathered on July 30 for their annual Military Appreciation Night and dinner meeting, one of the highlights of the year for the local council. Recognized again as a Meritorious Council for calendar year 2014, the Newport chapter was formed July 29, 1957 and is a civilian organization comprised of approximately 400 members.

Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president of Naval War College (NWC), was the guest speaker.

The Newport Council participates in nearly 100 graduation and awards ceremonies annually at local Navy and Coast Guard Commands and supports the R.I. Sea Cadet program.

For more information, visit newportnavyleague.us.

Eagle Visits Newport

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is visiting Newport for four days as part of the 2015 cadet summer training deployment. It is scheduled to arrive at Fort Adams Friday, Aug. 7, at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will depart Monday morning.

The Eagle will be open for free public tours:

. Friday, noon - 7 p.m.

. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.

. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the American flag and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, Eagle has served as a classroom at sea for future Coast Guard officers since 1946. Currently, there are 150 cadets from the Coast Guard Academy embarked. The summer deployment spanned 17 weeks, stopping at 14 port calls in three countries.

A permanent crew of eight officers and 57 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets through an underway and in-port training schedule. The Eagle's 28th and current Commanding Officer is Captain Matthew Meilstrup.

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