GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 departed for Operation Bearing Duel, a field training exercise (FTX), Feb. 12, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi.
The scenario for this training exercise is a deployment to the fictitious location 'Semerica,' where the battalion will conduct construction operations and infrastructure repair in the wake of an invasion by the notional 'Chirean Armed Forces.'
"This is typical of the type of situations Seabees were made to support. The training environment will challenge each Seabee physically, tactically and technically," said Cmdr. Kemit Spears, NMCB-1 commanding officer. "I am excited to see the great work this team is about to showcase."
During the FTX, the bees will be graded on how well they execute the fundamental skills necessary to have a successful mission in a diverse area of operations.
"One of our goals during this exercise was to obtain real world projects that our Seabees could complete and turn over to the Nation of Semerica," said Lt. Cmdr. Ben Waite, NMCB-1 operations officer. "Overall, NMCB-1 will have more than 100 Seabees in direct support of enduring construction projects. These are also projects that could be constructed at any location around the world during a peacetime or contingency deployment."
Upon successful completion of Operation Bearing Duel, NMCB-1 will become Gulfport's ready battalion, who would immediately mobilize in the case of an emergency and be fully qualified for its upcoming deployment.
"The Battalion has undertaken a very rigorous homeport training program since returning from deployment," said NMCB-1 Command Master Chief Mike Lopez. "It has included combat and military skills and construction training, which has prepared us to complete our certification exercise at Camp Shelby. Our Seabees are charged and ready to tackle this challenge!"
The evolutions are graded by representatives from Naval Construction Group 2, who will also provide constructive feedback and training.
NMCB-1, "The First and The Finest," is homeported in Gulfport, Miss. The battalion is scheduled to deploy in 2014. NMCB-1's vision remains to serve the world's greatest Navy and sustain its proud Seabee heritage.
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