Photos by MC1 Chris Fahey
NMCB 3 Seabees have arrived in the Pacific to begin the official turnover of all equipment, office spaces and ongoing projects from NMCB 5. NMCB 3 deploys as either a full battalion or as a group of autonomous detachments that simultaneously complete critical engineering and construction missions. For this deployment, NMCB 3 has split into nine detachments to perform critical construction projects in remote island areas such as Timor-Leste, Tonga, Cambodia and the Philippines. The teams will also conduct operations in Atsugi, Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan; Chinhae, South Korea and China Lake, Calif.
More than 220 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 homeported at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, departed for a six-month deployment to the Pacific Region. The Seabee battalion provides 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.
(Above and below) NMCB 3 and NMCB 5 Seabees discuss the remaining goals for a communications pad at Camp Courtney, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan. The pad is one of four ongoing construction projects across Okinawa.
BU1 David Garcia, NMCB 3, gets weighed prior to departing for his detachment in Atsugi, Japan.