NMCB 11 Takes Charge, Relieves NMCB 133

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman M. Jang, NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 assumed charge of the Seabee’s Europe and Africa Naval Construction Force missions from NMCB 133 during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Mitchell in Naval Station Rota, Spain, Aug. 16.

“To my team, I could not be prouder. You have set the bar for Seabee operations in these theaters and you’ve done that in a way that you can be proud of. You’ve delivered extraordinary results at an unbelievable operational tempo.”

– Cmdr. Miguel Dieguez,

commanding officer of NMCB 133

“NMCB 133, you have helped Team Rota through your fence line repair and the work on the SESEF project. On the surface, the fence line project may seem to have solely contributed to the physical security of Naval Station Rota, and it did. But more importantly the repair has contributed to our relationship with the Spanish Navy.”

“NMCB 11, you are filling in behind an awesome battalion. However, I know you are more than capable in carrying on their electric pace. The challenges will be different, but I know you are more than up for task.”

– Capt. Michael MacNicholl,

commanding officer of Naval Station Rota

“To NMCB 11,  big shoes to fill out here. I have a tremendous amount of confidence we will set that bar equal to or higher than, and it’s not a discredit to NMCB 133. Our job is to stand on the shoulders they’ve provided and move this ball further down the road. I look forward to six months of great accomplishments.”

“That shoreline project is not only to support the base, but also to support our legacy as Seabees in a ‘can do’ force.”

– Cmdr. Jim Brown

commanding officer of NMCB 11


 Quick Facts:
After a weeklong turnover, NMCB 11 is expecting their deployment in Rota to be approximately six months.
NMCB 133 executed and supervised over 24,000 man-days of construction tasking, mission support and site organizations throughout their deployment. The battalion participated in 12 exercises and managed operations in 43 different countries on general engineering, camp maintenance and recurring missions.
Their deployment highlights include participation in exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle in South Korea, exercise construction with U.S. Army Europe in Novo Selo, Bulgaria, and execution of the Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility in Rota.
NMCB 11, like NMCB 133, is a part of the Naval Construction Force, which is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime strategy to provide contingency constructions, disaster responses and humanitarian assistance.
The oncoming battalion will be tasked to begin what will be the Seabees’ largest project in recent history, the cliff erosion repair project. The project will involve repairing and stabilizing over 1,200 feet of shoreline on base.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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