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    NMCB 3 Tonga CCAD, TDS reach project 50-yard line on schedule

    NMCB 3 Tonga CCAD, TDS reach project 50-yard line on schedule

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey | Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Antonio Harris, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction...... read more read more

    TONGA - Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3’s Construction Civic Action Detail in Tonga reached the halfway point Wed., Dec. 18, in their construction of a new community center and disaster response center in Te’ekiu, Tonga.

    Seabees have teamed up with the Tonga Defense Force to build the 710-square foot structure that will provide the Te’ekiu community with a place to find safe shelter during storms and hold community events.

    “Our community doesn’t have the money to pay for things like this,” said Tevide Tewaho, a Te’ekiu resident and father of three. “During a hurricane or something like that we would gather in our chapel. Now, with this new center, we feel much safer. My family is very thankful to the Navy.”

    The solid cement structure is framed in high-density steel with a concrete foundation. Its construction took a wide range of engineering trades that required efficient teamwork between the TDS-Seabee team.

    “They’ve become our friends,” said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Elizabeth Andrews. “We communicate really well, we help each other without having to ask and when it comes to laying block – which is more than half of our project – they’ve been doing it for years. It’s been a really great experience.”

    Enhancing shared capabilities is a core benefit of the CCAD’s primary construction mission while in Tonga. The nearly $700,000 project has allowed the two forces to share construction techniques and strengthen friendships between Tonga and the U.S.

    The Seabee-TDS team is on track to complete the project by February 2014.

    NMCB 3 is a vital component of the U.S. maritime strategy, providing details deployed to Okinawa, Atsugi and Yokosuka, Japan; Chinhae, Republic of Korea; China Lake and San Clemente Island, Calif; Timor-Leste, Tonga, Cambodia and the Republic of the Philippines. Each operate independently and are capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support, while the U.S. rebalances forces in the Pacific.


    Date Taken: 12.18.2013
    Date Posted: 12.17.2013 23:52
    Story ID: 118359
    Location: TO

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