NMCB-11 Deploys to Worldwide Locations

From NMCB 11 Public Affairs Office

ROTA, Spain (NNS) — Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 and an additional augmentation of Seabees from NMCB-22 deployed from Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. to various locations around the world in support of African, European, and Pacific Commands.

NMCB-11’s advance party arrived at their designated deployment locations earlier in the month, conducting project turnover with NMCB-133’s personnel. NMCB-133 returned to their homeport in Gulfport after a ceremonial change of command, where project responsibilities where transferred to NMCB-11 personnel.

NMCB-11 spent their entire 12-month homeport period training for this deployment. Their Field Training Exercise (FTX) “Operation: Bearing Duel,” held last September, was the climactic finale to all the training endured.

“We have been training non-stop since we have arrived here in Gulfport,” said Utilitiesman 1st Class Jennifer Bacon. “The courses we have been attending have prepared us to go down range and complete our mission!”

The Seabees will use what they learned from simulated armed tactical scenarios as well as construction skills attained during homeport training such as FTX and Command Post Exercises (CPX) and apply them in their various deployment locations around the globe.

Getting the Seabees out to their respective detachment locations was the job of the embark personnel. They were responsible for numerous events that needed to be coordinated in meticulous fashion to make operations move smoothly. According to the Assistant Officer in Charge (AOIC) of Embark Operations, Chief Petty Officer Ronnie Smith, by the time NMCB-11 finished its movement of troops for this deployment, embark personnel had safely relocated 639 personnel to some of the most remote regions of the planet, and had successfully handled 260,800 pounds of cargo, ranging from personal belongings to mission essential gear.

Not only was it a logistical challenge to move an entire battalion and their equipment across the world, it was also important that every Seabee deploying was mentally and physically prepared in order to complete their projects in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Taking care of things at home with the support of every family member helped ensure this preparation was as successful as any of our technical training and readiness preparations. Although being far away from home for a prolonged period of time can be a heavy strain on families, today’s technology makes it easier to overcome it.

“Nowadays, the internet makes it so easy to communicate with family members back at home. When I got here, I was able to rapidly hook up internet to my room, and send a message to my family. Being able to communicate with them during deployment is something that helps diminish the stress of being away from my loved ones,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class Sara Eder.

NMCB-11 will remain deployed until they are relieved and have delegated project responsibility to NMCB-1.

Homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, NMCB-11 is part of the Naval Construction Force (NCF). The NCF is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy and is comprised of deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support in support of regional partners and combatant commanders.

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