NMCB 11 returns home to Gulfport

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael
NMCB 11 Seabees reunite with loved ones following a six-month deployment.

NMCB 11 Seabees reunite with loved ones following a six-month deployment.

GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) — Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 returned home, Feb. 18, from a six-month deployment in support of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility.

In Rota, Spain, NMCB-11 completed physical security upgrades to the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SP-MAGTF) Crisis Response Unit headquarters at Morn Air Base near Sevilla, Spain and provided embarkation services to adjacent units. One such mission, the offloading of 36 pieces of construction equipment for USS San Antonio (LPD 17), demonstrated one of the unique roles that Seabees play in the nation’s maritime strategy.

Working with Ghanaian military engineers, Seabees made significant progress on the renovation of two medical clinics in Ghana.

A detachment of NMCB-11 Seabees in Bahrain upgraded the equipment yard of Isa Air Base while providing Airfield Damage Repair capability. A separate detachment on the base provided training to contract overseers to manage construction projects while augmenting the base Self Help Shop by providing engraving and woodworking skills.

On Naval Base Guam, NMCB-11 constructed a submarine support facility and a large training facility in addition to participating in multiple training exercises.

Seabees in the African country of Djibouti made significant progress on construction of a large storage facility on Camp Lemonnier and supplemented the camp’s Public Work’s Department by building multiple stairways, decks, and patios. A dedicated crew constructed roads and made many security improvements at a nearby Airfield. A smaller detachment constructed a warehouse and a concrete office building, and another detachment built a weapons-cleaning facility, multiple storage facilities, and several small outposts throughout the area.

The battalion also had a presence elsewhere on the continent of Africa in countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Niger. There, Seabees constructed various buildings and camp elements, improved existing construction, and provided support to adjacent units.

There was also a detachment of Seabees who remained in Gulfport working a deployment schedule to complete several projects on Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport and the surrounding communities including Harrison County and Camp Shelby, Miss.

Navy Petty Officer advancement exam results included the advancement of 38 NMCB-11 Sailors who were frocked while deployed. In addition, 98 Sailors earned their Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist qualification while deployed.

NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.

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