This Week in Seabee History: November 1 – 7

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

Operation Deep Freeze II Seabees prepare an amphibious tracker supply convoy for a trip from Little America to South Pole Station, 6 November 1956. (Coutesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)

November 1

1943: Aviation, Construction, Ordnance, Repair, Navy (ACORN) 15 arrived at Noumea, New Caledonia. ACORNs were advanced base units consisting of combat aircraft service personnel and a Seabee detachment. Their responsibility was the construction, administration, operation, and maintenance of new or existing airfields during World War II.

1945: After World War II, several naval activities were transferred to or established at Port Hueneme, California. The Advance Base Proving Grounds at Davisville, Rhode Island was disestablished and the operations, men, and equipment were transferred to Port Hueneme, later known as the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory.

1945: 76th NCB inactivated on Guam.

1960: NMCB 8 reactivated.

1965: The first units of 300 Seabee-built homes at the U.S. Naval Station Rota, Spain opened to occupancy through a joint effort of NMCBs 4, 7 and 8. Construction commenced on the housing project in July 1964.

1966: Seabee Team 0909 completed training at the 31st NCR and deployed to Thailand via C-130 aircraft. NMCB 3 advance party departed for the continental United States (CONUS).

1967: “Ghost Battalion” disestablished in the RVN. Cmdr. Foley returned and resumed command of NMCB 3.

1967: Seabee Team 0911 completed training at the 31st Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) and deployed to Thailand via C-118 aircraft.

1967: Seabee Team 5801 graduated from Seabee Team training, and was assigned to Officer in Charge (OIC), Construction Battalions, Pacific Detachment (CBPAC), RVN, deploying to Chau Doc.

1967: NMCB 40 relieved NMCB 71 at Chu Lai, RVN.

1969: Seabee Team 5301 arrived at Davisville, Rhode Island from Vietnam for reassignment to NMCB 53.

1973: CNO declares UCT 1 and UCT 2 independent, under the 21st and 31st NCRs.

2014: NMCB 25 officially concluded battalion operations in Afghanistan with the casing of its colors in a ceremony at New Kabul Compound, Afghanistan. This ended 13 years of Naval Construction Force operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


November 2

1942: The offices of Director, Atlantic Division and Director, Pacific Division, Bureau of Yards and Docks were established with the Director given authority to act for the Chief of the Bureau.

2005: On Nov. 2, Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)  74 and a Pakistani engineering company worked together to clear debris caused by the earthquake in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. The United States was participating in a multi-national assistance and support effort led by the Pakistani Government to bring aid to the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the region on 8 October 2005. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Seabee Museum)

November 3

1942: 36th NCB arrives at Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia, the first Seabee unit to train at the camp.

1945: 117th NCB inactivated at Saipan.

1968: Seabee Team 0310 moved from Long Xuyen to Bac Lieu, RVN via convoy.

1969: NMCB 1 deployed from Camp Campbell, Phu Bai, RVN to Camp Haskins North, Da Nang, RVN. NMCB 1 relieved of command of Camp Campbell by Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne Division. NMCB 1 assumed command of Camp Haskins North from NMCB 53.


November 4

1942: Camp Peary established in Williamsburg, Virginia, named in honor of Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), U.S. Navy.

1944: 6th NCR inactivated.


November 5

1945: 9th Naval Construction Brigade inactivated.

1971: Seabee Teams 1019 and 1020 were disestablished. Seabee Teams 1021 and 1022 were established and organized with the 31st NCR Port Hueneme, California.

2004: Rear Adm. Robert L. Phillips, CEC, USN, relieved Rear Adm. Charles R. Kubic, CEC, USN, as Commander, First Naval Construction Division at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia.

2010: Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 and sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) unloaded supplies to be given to veterans during the VA Stand-Down in Biloxi, Miss. The VA Stand-Down is a one-day event providing free food, clothing, health screenings, Social Security benefits counseling and other services to homeless veterans in the Gulf Coast area. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)

November 6

1942: 40th NCB (Naval Construction Battalion) commissioned at Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island.


November 7

1971: Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 arrived at their homeport of Port Hueneme, California. This was the last full battalion to depart from Vietnam. Their departure marked the end of a significant chapter in the Seabee effort in Vietnam, an effort which began at Chu Lai in 1965 and resulted in the construction of approximately $200 million worth of facilities in support of U.S. forces.

2012: Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, from Gulfport, Miss., loaded a bulldozer full of debris that was caused by Hurricane Sandy during to relief efforts in Staten Island, New York, ahead of a forecasted storm. NMCB-11 is operating under the U.S. Northern Command Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission, working closely with civil authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)

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