NMCB 11 Seabees Continue Project Enhancement

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Victor Torrico, NMCB 11 Public Affairs Office

DOUALA, Cameroon – Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 continue planning and repair efforts for a multipurpose building site in support of exercise Unified Focus 2018 in Douala, Cameroon.

NMCB 11 Sailors have been deployed to Douala, Cameroon since the beginning of February where they have successfully turned over a multi-year project valued at $535,000.

The project has been worked on by multiple construction battalions homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi including active and reserve components. The multipurpose building project has been designed for use in multinational operations hosted by the Cameroonian military, a project that hopes to forge a stronger American and Cameroonian relationship.

The project is also an opportunity for NMCB 11 sailors to shine. Despite having a five man team, all requirements for a normally twenty-five man detail are being met. Junior sailors such as Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Ryan Blue find themselves operating in capacities generally above their normal pay grades. These duties add more responsibilities to each member of the detail, leading to experience not often afforded until later in a sailor’s career.

“Our Seabees have excelled at digging deep into the details of this project,” said Ensign Bret Fite, detachment officer-in-charge. “While everyone wants to get to work building, it’s important we address the planning and organization aspects of the project while waiting for material.”

While waiting for the newest supply shipment, NMCB 11 personnel continue to revisit their project, identifying any issues that may have arisen during the construction planning process. Challenges such as Cameroon’s rainy season, which can have almost six feet of rain a month, have led to project enhancement and repairs to the construction site.

“As with any major project, it’s important to take a step back and look at what has, and has not been working,” said Construction Electrician 1st Class Matthew Robison. “While waiting for supplies, we’re taking the opportunity to reevaluate and address any concerns that may come up and handle them before they become issues. “

With these needed changes in mind, and with eyes to the future, NMCB 11 Detail Cameroon continues diving deeper into improvements to their project package. Their nuanced efforts and meticulous attention to detail help ensure that the Seabee standard continues to be met for Cameroonian forces.

NMCB 11 will remain deployed until they are relieved later this year and have delegated project responsibility to the Seabees of NMCB-1.

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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