This Week in Seabee History: August 1

August 1

1944: commissioning of the 7th Naval Construction Brigade; the 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th Naval Construction Regiments (RCN) were commissioned.
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1957: The 10th NCB is renamed Naval Construction Forces Pacific. This was later to become Shipbuilding Battalions, Pacific.
1966: NMCB 9 main body of 646 people deployed to Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) on seven C-141 aircraft.
1967: The 32nd RCN is established at Gia Le Phu Bai, RVN. Cmdr. RL Foley, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), commanding officer of NMCB 3, assumed command of the 32nd RCN during the regiment’s commissioning ceremonies.
1967: Lt. Cmdr. RS Stedman, Jr., CEC, was relieved of his duties as General Manager of NMCB 1 by Lt. Cmdr. WF Glover, CCE.
1967: NMCB 121 arrived in Phu Bai, RVN.
1985: NMCB 7 returned to service at the Construction Battalion Center (CBC) Gulfport, Mississippi.
2002: Captain Gary Engle was selected as the first Chief of Staff of the newly formed First Shipbuilding Division (1NCD), which was tasked with leading the Naval Construction Force (NCF) around the world.
2007: Lt. Cmdr. Vic Velasco, Civil Engineer Corps (CEB), relieved Cmdr. Tim Liberatore, CCE, as the commander of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 at Ventura County Naval Base (NBVC), Port Hueneme, Calif.
2014: Captain Marc Delao, CEC, relieved Captain Joseph Campbell, CEC, as the commander of Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.

August 2nd

1942: 16th NCB commissioned at Camp Allen, Norfolk, Virginia.

1965: On this day, the Chief of Naval Materiel transferred responsibility for materiel support of the Navy’s floating dry docks to the Bureau of Ships of the Bureau of Yards and Docks. The transfer was made in order to provide more effective support to the Navy task forces. Material support included research, development, testing, procurement, production, procurement, maintenance and modification, as well as planning, budgeting and providing feasibility advice for the floating dry docks.

1971: Cmdr. DG Wilson, CEC, relieved CDR HE Keppell, Jr., CEC, as the commander of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 302.


August 3

1946: 53rd NCB inactivated on Bikini Atoll.

1967: Main body of NMCB 8 composed of 20 officers and 664 soldiers deployed by eight C-141s from Chu Lai, RVN to CBC, Port Hueneme, California.

1967: The main body of NMCB 6 consisting of 19 officers and 533 enlisted men arrived at Camp Miller, Chu Lai, RVN.

1970: Captain Walter E. Marquardt, Jr., CEC, relieves Captain Charles C. Heid, CEC, as commander of the 21st NCR.

2012: Captain Joe Campbell, CEC, relieved Captain Joe Grealish, CEC, as commanding officer of Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia.


August 4

1971: Cmdr. EJ Peltier, Jr., CEC, assumed command of ACB 2. He relieved Cmdr. Russell Myers, Jr., CEC, who had been in command since July 1969.


5 August

1943: 113th NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1968: Seabee 0310 team deployed to Long Xuyen, RVN, and Seabee 0311 team deployed to Can Tho, RVN, via government aircraft.

1968: Special battalion quarters were organized to announce that the NMCB 74 had been selected as the best of type among the Atlantic Fleet Construction Forces for the period July 1967 to July 1968.

1969: Seabee Team 0312 deployed to Ben Tre, RVN via government aircraft.

1970: The main body of NMCB 71 leaves Davisville, Rhode Island, for deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


August 6

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August 7

2015: Captain Greg Vinci, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), relieves Captain Eric Aaby, CEC, as the commander of Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB), Coronado, Calif.


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