HAMPTON, Va. (August 6, 2018) — Some Hamptonians got the chance to go to sea over the weekend. Going to sea encompassed riding on three vessels courtesy of the United States Coast Guard. Those present got the opportunity to ride on the Coast Guard's primary training ship, "Eagle." The Coast Guard Academy cadets receive practical training on navigation and operating the ship at sea. Dr. Jarris Louis Taylor Jr., Director of the Hampton University William R. Harvey Leadership Institute was in attendance, as well as LTC (R) Claude Vann, III (Class of 1977).
During this sea excursion, participants had the opportunity to speak with Cadets from the Academy, meet representatives from Elizabeth City, and Virginia State University.
There were also officer trainees in attendance who are Hampton University students and are enlisted in the Coast Guard's program to attract minorities into the Coast Guard, entitled College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI).