CAMP CRABB, Antigua (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 Det. Gold, based in Shreveport, La., are completing barracks renovations and constructing a Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training facility in Antigua.
The renovations will eliminate unsafe electrical conditions and prevent leaky plumbing causing water damage. Interior lighting will also be improved, and more electrical outlets will become usable again. With the plumbing repairs and improvements, the camp will be able to manage a larger group during training evolutions.
"The repairs and renovations we are making are a tremendous quality of life improvement for the ABDF," said Lt. Matt Lopez, officer in charge of the mission. "With the funds that Southern Command is providing for the Tradewinds Exercise, we will improve certain base facilities to nearly 100 percent of their intended function and allow the ABDF to increase their training capabilities."
The MOUT facility will consist of four, two-level block buildings that will be used for cross training multi-national military groups during the Joint Task Force Tradewinds Exercise hosted by the ABDF.
The Seabees will also benefit greatly from the training involved in this project.
"This is a great opportunity for our Seabees to put their construction skills to use," said Lopez. "For some this is a new trade they are learning for the first time, but it is one that is a great tool for their personal toolbox because CMU block wall is a construction activity that Seabees perform around the globe."
The projects are expected to be completed before the end of February, and the Tradewinds Exercise will begin in March 2011, featuring at least thirty military, law enforcement, and governmental agencies from at least twenty-two different partner nations.
NMCB 28 is expected to be deployed as part of the Southern Command until August 2011.
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