PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Nineteen Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 departed Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme Dec. 1 to begin a six-month deployment.
These Seabees are part of Echo Company Detail (DET) Diego Garcia. This deployment officially marks the beginning of the battalion's challenging Southeast Asia (SEA) deployment cycle.
NMCB 5 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. L.S. Hurst and Operations Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Lance M. Flood shook the hands of each member and wished them well as they boarded a bus that took them to Point Mugu Air Field for their flight to the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia (DG).
The DET Officer in Charge, Chief Construction Electrician (SCW) John R. Guiliano, will lead the Seabees in completing critical construction projects for the island commander.
"I am humbled at the opportunity to lead troops during this deployment. My primary goal is to ensure that all construction tasking is completed on time and on budget with no mishaps," said Guiliano.
The Seabees will construct a 3,500 square foot civilian 20 room barracks, equipped with a full kitchen and laundry facility. They will also complete a 1,800 square foot storage facility for the island's fire department.
DET DG is one of 11 battalion details scheduled for deployment. Nearly 700 Seabees of NMCB 5 will eventually deploy. The first wave of NMCB 5 "Professionals" will relieve Seabees from NMCB 1 and 7 in the Pacific Command area of operations allowing them to return home in time for the December holidays.
These NMCB 5 Seabees are now part of a rich history of Seabees on DG that dates back to 1971. The U.S. Navy Seabees began their largest peacetime construction on DG in the early 1970s. The project took 11 years and cost $200 million. This island base now serves as an invaluable maritime pre-positioning location as well as a vital Indian Ocean airfield used by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and NASA.
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