Story by BU3 Karinne Yukl, NMCB 11 Public Affairs Office
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS - Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 turned over a pre-engineered building (PEB) project to NMCB 11 in Bahrain.
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Construction Electrician 2nd Class Charlette Smith, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, conducts electrical theory training with Construction Electrician Constructionman Dejuan Fitzpatrick in Bahrain. (Photo by Builder 3rd Class Karinne Yukl)
Since their arrival in mid-February, Seabees from NMCB 11 have been working on the PEB, a facility used to maintain heavy equipment for various engineering operations. Seabees deploy to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations for engineering construction and to provide airfield damage repair assets in support of the U.S. Navy and Royal Bahraini Air Force missions.
Since the start of construction in 2014, the project has experienced numerous delays. However, with improvements made by the previous battalion, NMCB 133, and planning done by NMCB 11, the project is set to be completed in the next few months.
Builder 3rd Class Nikolas Krecu, from Chicagos, expressed his excitement to begin construction.
"This is my first project as a crew leader, and it's going to be a great learning experience for everyone," he said. "We will all gain knowledge and skills that we can utilize in our future endeavors."
The PEB is currently 60 percent complete and when finished, it will serve as a maintenance and dispatch building for Alpha Company's equipment operators and construction mechanics.
"This PEB will be a tremendous asset to the NMCBs who deploy here", said Project Supervisor Builder 1st Class Harry Drake, from New Field, New York. "I'm excited to lead my crew to the completion of this project."
NMCB 11 is homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, and is part of the Naval Construction Force (NCF). They currently have personnel assigned to more than 15 locations worldwide, performing a variety of missions in support of the Navy and the Department of Defense.
The NCF is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy and is comprised of deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.
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Builder Constructioman Andrew Dempsey, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, helps assemble scaffolding for rollup door installation in the alpha pre-engineered building. (Photo by Builder 3rd Class Karinne Yukl)
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