By 30th NCR Public Affairs
NMCB 5 Seabees wait in formation, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Feb. 4, to deploy to Diego Garcia, the first stop on the battalion’s deployment to the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. NMCB 5 will be performing construction-based operations, humanitarian aid missions and disaster recovery throughout the region. Photos by MC1 John P. Curtis
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 departed Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Calif., in support of ongoing construction operations in the Pacific and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, Feb. 4.
NMCB 5 will conduct a turnover with NMCB 4, Feb.16, at Camp Shields, Okinawa, and join NMCB 11 currently conducting operations in Oceania.
UT3 Seth Taylor holds his son alongside his wife, Justine, before deploying with NMCB 5, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Feb. 4.
The battalion will take charge of Construction Civic Action Details in the Philippines, Cambodia and Timor-Leste, as well as Construction Readiness Operations in support of Navy and Marine Corps installations in Okinawa and Yokosuka, Japan; Diego Garcia; and San Clemente Island, Calif.
Seabees have a continual presence in the Pacific and have been involved in missions supporting U.S. forces and developing relationships with partner nations in the Pacific since their inception in 1942.
CM2 Nicholas Fotoples kisses his fiancé, Michelle Skeels, prior to deploying with NMCB 5, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Feb. 4.
CM3 Angel Santiago, NMCB 5, kisses his wife, Idaly, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Feb. 4, before deploying to the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations to relieve NMCB 4.
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