This Week in Seabee History: January 24-30

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

Late January

1990: Devastating floods struck central Tunisia, displacing families and destroying railroad lines and bridges. As part of Exercise “Atlas Rail,” Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3’s Air Detachment worked jointly with Tunisian army engineers to repair flood-damaged rail lines.

A truck convoy moves out to a U.S. Navy Seabee construction site. The Seabees are in Tunisia to repair a flood-damaged railroad during exercise Atlas Rail. (Photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Stephen L. Batiz)
U.S. Navy Seabees take part in exercise Atlas Rail, a Seabee project to repair a flood-damaged railway. (Photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Stephen L. Batiz)

January 24

1946: 36th NCB inactivated on Okinawa.

1968: Cmdr. William J. Richeson, CEC, commanding officer, NMCB 62, relieved Cmdr. Gordon W. Schley, CEC, commanding officer, NMCB 74, at Camp Haskins South, RVN.

Jan. 24-27, 1968: The main body of NMCB 62 arrived in RVN.


January 25

1944: 22nd Special NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1963: Seabee Teams 0501 and 0502 were the first Seabee Teams to arrive in Vietnam. Team 0501 was employed at Dam Pau in central South Vietnam and Team 0502 was employed at Tri Ton, southwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Both teams were employed in support of the United States Army Special forces.

1971: The Navy League Councils throughout the country sponsor Sea Cadet units which take 14 to 17 year old youngsters and give them “boot camp” and technical training aimed at qualifying them up to E-3. Sea Cadet graduates who later enlist in the Navy can enlist at their level of attainment in the Sea Cadet program.
2008: NMCB 15 steelworkers and engineers of the 814th Multirole Bridge Company completed construction of a floating span of a Mabey Johnson Float Bridge in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.


January 26

1943: ACORN 4 arrived at Noumea. (In World War II, Navy ACORN units, composed of Seabees and other components such as aircraft maintenance units, etc., were put together to design, construct, operate and maintain forward landplane and seaplane bases and operational facilities.)

1967: Seabee Team 0511 departed the main body at Da Nang, RVN, for training at the 31st Naval Construction Regiment (NCR), Port Hueneme, California.

1972: Seabee Team 6207 departed Yap Island for Guam.

January 27

1942: The first Seabee detachment, the Bobcats, left the United States for Bora Bora in the Society Islands. The Bobcats were the advance part of more than 325,000 men who served in the Naval Construction Force during the Second World War.

1945: 143rd NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Endicott, Davisville, RI.

1947: 105th NCB reactivated, being re-designated as ACB 2 in October 1950.

Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 1967: NMCB 9 main body departed Da Nang, RVN.

1972: Seabee Team 13308 returned to Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Gulfport, Mississippi.


January 28

1943: 82nd NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island.

1946: 144th NCB inactivated at Guam.

1963: NMCB 10’s first Sangley Point advance party of 2 officers and 44 enlisted men departed the continental United States (CONUS) aboard a VR-21 aircraft for the Philippines.

Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 1968: NMCB 3 main body flights departed Vietnam for CONUS.

1969: Detachment of Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion Two augmented by 17 Seabee divers from the 21st NCR and Atlantic and Pacific mobile construction battalions install TEKTITE I habitat on the ocean floor on 28 January and standby to assist aquanauts with any problems or potential emergencies. Full installation of the habitat completed on February 12.

1970: Seabee Team 4003 departed Davisville, Rhode Island, for reassignment to Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Construction Battalion Pacific Detachment (CBPACDET), Guam and deployment at Truk Island, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI).

1971: Seabee Team 0414 reported in at CBC, Port Hueneme, California.


January 29

1944: 146th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) established in Iceland from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 583.

1946: 67th NCB inactivated on Eniwetok.

Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 1968: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 8 main body deployed to Camp Wilkinson, Gia Le Combat Base, Phu Bai, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) by C-141 and C-124 aircraft.

1972: Seabee Team 6207 departed Guam for Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Gulfport, Mississippi.


January 30

1943: 5th Special NCB commissioned at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 1967: NMCB 4 main body arrived at Da Nang, RVN.

1972: Seabee Team 6207 returned to CBC, Gulfport, Mississippi.

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