This Week in Seabee History: July 12 – 18

Consolidated by U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Naval History and Heritage Command

On 15 July 1958, Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO (PHIBTWO) assist Marines with landing at Beirut, Lebanon. The U.S. government was asked by the Lebanese government for military aid, and to assist in the establishment and maintenance of order in the wake of dissidents attempt to overthrow the government. In July 1958, the U.S. government sent amphibious units of the 6th Fleet to assist over 1800 Marines disembark in Beirut, Lebanon. Seabees with PHIBTWO supplied causeway teams to provide pontoons for troops, vehicles and supplies to pass to and from LCUs. They also provided beach salvage teams which assisted with foundering landing craft, clearing vehicles stalled in the sand, and also improving overall beach traffic handling. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)

July 12

1966: NMCB 4 advance party departed Chu Lai for the continental U.S. (CONUS).

1968: Capt. Charles C. Heid, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), relieved Cmdr. Paul R. Gates, CEC, as commander, 21st Naval Construction Regiment (NCR).

1968: NMCB 3 relieved NMCB 121 at Camp Faulkner, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam (RVN).

1972: Camp Hill, an advanced base training camp, was dedicated in honor of the late Capt. James M. Hill Jr., CEC. The camp is situated on a 575-acre plot of land under lease to the Navy in the DeSoto National Forest, 15 miles north of the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Mississippi. Hill was a former commanding officer of the Center.

July 12-20, 1968: NMCB 3 main body arrived at Camp Faulkner, RVN, by government aircraft.

2010: Cmdr. La Tanya Simms, CEC, relieved Cmdr. Dean Vanderley, CEC, as commanding officer, NMCB 4, at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Deh Dadi II, Afghanistan.

2013: Capt. Eric Aaby, CEC, relieved Capt. Richard Whipple III, CEC, as commanding officer of ACB 1 at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California.

July 13

1942: The 13th and 14th NCBs were commissioned at Camp Allen, Norfolk, Virginia.

1965: NMCB 7 boarded USNS General Simon B. Buckner in Davisville, Rhode Island, and arrived in Rota, Spain, 13 days later.

1968: Seabee Team 5801 deployed from Chau Phu to Camp Haskins North, Da Nang, RVN.

July 14

1943: 106th NCB (Section I) commissioned at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1944: ACORN 15 decommissioned; the 89th NCB was inactivated at Camp Parks, Shoemaker, California.

1968: Cmdr. F.H. Lewis Jr., CEC, relieved Cmdr. E.H. March, CEC, as commanding officer, NMCB 133.

July 15

1942: The 7th NCB left Advance Base Depot, Port Hueneme, California, for San Francisco, California. This was the first battalion to stage through Port Hueneme.

1944: Construction Battalion Military Unit (CBMU) 613 was established in the Azores from the men of the 96th NCB. Also, the 33rd Special NCB was commissioned at NCTC Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island.

1945: 26th NCB inactivated in Alaska, and remaining personnel re-designated CBMU 634; the 2nd Special NCB inactivated on Guam.

1950: NMCB 3 activated.

1966: NMCB 40 advance party arrived in Chu Lai to relieve NMCB 4.

1970: Construction Battalion Unit (CBU) 402 established at Pensacola, Florida.

1971: CBU 414 established at Naval Submarine Base (NAVSUBBASE), New London, Connecticut.

2010: Cmdr. Mike Saum, CEC, relieved Cmdr Stan Wiles, CEC, as commanding officer, NMCB 1 at NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi.

July 16

1943: 104th NCB activated at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia

1968:  The dedication ceremony for Camp Haines was held with Rear Adm. J.V. Bartlett, commander, 3rd NCB, as guest speaker. The camp was dedicated in honor of Chief Equipment Operator John C. Haines who was killed during NMCB 4’s 1967 deployment to Da Nang, RVN.

1968:  Cmdr. R.J. Westberg, CEC, relieved Cmdr. J.F. O’Leary, CEC, as commanding officer, NMCB 8.

July 16-22, 1969: NMCB 1 main body of 635 men arrived in Camp Campbell, Phu Bai, RVN.

July 17

1968: The first increment of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 58 advance party, consisting of one officer and 13 enlisted personnel, departed Camp Haskins North, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) bound for Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Davisville, Rhode Island.

1968: First increment of NMCB 22’s advance party, consisting of five officers and 75 enlisted men, arrived at Camp Haskins North from CBC, Gulfport, Mississippi.

2009: Capt. Scott Lister, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), relieved Capt. Jim Wink, CEC, as commander, Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, California.

July 18

1970: Seabee Team 0708 arrived at Davisville, Rhode Island, from RVN for reassignment to NMCB 7.

Jul. 19-24, 1968: NMCB 7 main body, consisting of 11 officers and 491 enlisted men, was airlifted from Davisville, Rhode Island, to Da Nang, RVN, aboard eight C-141 aircraft provided by the Military Airlift Command and shuttled to Dong Ha Combat Base, RVN, on C-130 aircraft provided by the 7th Air Force.

2006: Navy approved establishment of 25th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) and NMCB 11, effective October 1, to be headquartered at CBC, Gulfport, Mississippi.

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