Seabees Return From Afghanistan

Story Number: NNS020301-14Release Date: 3/1/2002 3:34:00 PM
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By Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 Public Affairs

GUAM (NNS) -- The last of 53 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returned to Guam Feb. 23. The 20 Seabees arrived at Andersen Air Force Base aboard a C-5 aircraft from Kuwait, where they had been cleaning construction equipment while awaiting onward airlift since pulling out of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Feb. 2.

Personnel from each of the seven construction ratings, a hospital corpsman, a supply clerk, an information systems technician, two electronics technicians and two Civil Engineer Corps officers spent varying lengths of time in Afghanistan since November.

They completed a variety of missions, including runway repair and maintenance of the airstrip in Rhino, the repair of the runway at Kandahar International Airport and the construction of the detainee facility in Kandahar. Other Seabees deployed to Afghanistan returned to Camp Covington Jan. 22.

NMCB-133 has a detail deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and seven other details deployed in locations throughout the world.

For more information on NMCB-133, go to

Detainees' Tent
020115-N-3236B-001 Kandahar, Afghanistan (Jan. 15, 2002) -- U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One Three Three (NMCB-133) build a platform designed to support a tent that will provide shelter to al Qaida and Taliban detainees. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Ted Banks.
January 29, 2002
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