PORT HUENEME, Calif. - More than 550 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 returned to the welcomed arms of friends and families, Feb. 18, marking the successful completion of NMCB 3’s six-month Pacific Region deployment.
The “Better Than Best” battalion split into nine teams, performing critical construction projects in remote island areas such as Timor-Leste, Tonga, Cambodia and the Republic of the Philippines. Known as Construction Civic Action Details, the CCAD’s mission was to execute engineering civic assistance projects, conduct formal training with the host nations, and perform community relations (COMREL) events to help enhance shared capabilities and improve the country's social welfare.
The teams also conducted operations in Atsugi, Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan, Chinhae, Republic of Korea, and China Lake and San Clemente Island, Calif. These details helped improve the infrastructure of the local bases, excavated local minerals and also conducted training with host nation militaries and performed COMRELs.
“During each stage of this deployment, NMCB 3 showed the world how a construction battalion can improve their host nation’s infrastructure, military proficiency and the build lasting relationships with the local communities,” said NMCB 3’s Commanding Officer Navy Cmdr. Gordon Meek III. “I couldn’t be prouder of our battalion. Our personal behavior during off hours set the golden standard of positive ambassadorship and when on the clock, their focus and motivation was nothing short of impressive.”
NMCB 3 will begin its homeport training cycle that will ensure the unit is prepared for their next deployment scheduled in 2015.
The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. maritime strategy. They provide deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.
NMCB 3 provides combatant commanders and Navy component commanders with combat-ready warfighters capable of general engineering, construction and limited combat engineering across the full range of military operations.