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150903-N-YG415-045 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 3, 2015) Utilitiesman 1st Class Jeffery Walter and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Rhian A. Brinskele, both members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, retrieve the battalion colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, a brief service when the incoming battalion formally relieves the outgoing battalion after a week turnover period. After a seven month deployment, NMCB 5 is turning over all of their missions in the U.S. Pacific Command to NMCB 3. Both battalions are homeported in Port Hueneme, Calif. While deployed NMCB 5 was headquartered on Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan and sent Seabees to work on 41 construction projects in 12 countries. The Seabees built bridges in remote areas and built or renovated 20 schools and four health clinics in Timor Leste, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Cambodia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Gomez/Released)