This Week in Seabee History: May 16

May 16

1943: 10th Special Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) formed at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1966: The Seabee 0405 team left Chu Lai for Port Hueneme to train before deployment.

1970: The flag of the NMCB 5 battalion was transferred from Camp Haskins North, Da Nang to Bien Hoa, RVN. The staff remaining at Camp Haskins North became Detail Yankee.

May 18

1942: The forward base depot at Port Hueneme, California, was established and entered into service.

1943: 67th NCB commissioned at Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1965: An NMCB 3 vanguard consisting of an officer and 99 enlisted men arrived in Da Nang, RVN, from Guam. They traveled on US Air Force (USAF) planes.

1966: The Construction Battalion Base Unit (CBBU) based at the Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Port Hueneme, Calif., Was renamed 31st Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) under the command of Captain Robert D. Thorson, CEC, with Captain Harold F. Liberty, Officer in Charge (OIC) of CBBU as the regimental deputy.

1969: Team 1013 compound and Xuan Loc town, RVN, were the target of enemy rockets, mortars and small arms. Construction Electrician 2nd Class (CE2) Phillip Lee Grieser was killed by shrapnel.

1970: Seabee Team 0313 returned to the continental United States (CONUS) via a government plane.


May 19

1968: A rocket attack began at 7:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.) on the near-completed NMCB 4 encampment at Camp Evans, RVN. A rocket hit the Ammunition Refueling Point (ASP). The fires and explosions spread the destruction to the main ASP area and the fuel yard. Debris from the exploding shells and rockets caused moderate damage to five mooring huts, as well as Alpha Company stores and repair parts buildings. The explosions continued until the morning of the 20th, but without any Seabee casualties.

1971: Passage ceremony from Camp Moscrip, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico from NMCB 1 to NMCB 62.
May 19-20, 1971: NMCB 1 main flights departed Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico for Davisville, Rhode Island.

2007: Captain Katherine (Kate) Gregory assumes command of the 30th NCR, the first female regimental commander in active service in the history of the Shipbuilding Force.


May 20

1946: 29th NCB inactivated at Truk, Caroline Islands. 85th NCB inactivated on Wake Island. The inactivation of the 96th NCB in Tsingtao, China began and ended on August 1, 1946.

1965: Part of the main body of NMCB 3 leaves Guam aboard the USS Point Defiance for Vietnam. In Guam, the battalion was the relief battalion.

1969: The main body of NMCB 71 leaves Davisville, Rhode Island, to be posted to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.


May 21

1946: 58th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) inactivated in Okinawa, Japan.

1966: The first five flights of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 8 leave Vietnam for the continental United States (CONUS). Seabees from the first three flights had to be transported by helicopter to Da Nang airfield due to roadblocks caused by civil unrest in Da Nang city.


May 22

1943: 93rd NCB commissioned at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island.

1964: A team of 33 Navy Seabees and 271 tons of heavy equipment is airlifted to Costa Rica to implement emergency flood control measures in the Mount Irazu volcano area and along the river Reventado. Help was requested by the government of Costa Rica. During their stay, the Seabees placed more than 700,000 cubic meters of material along the dikes and reinforced and reconstructed parts of a dike weakened by flooding. In addition, the Seabees have trained Costa Ricans in the use of modern flood control equipment and techniques. For their work, the Seabees received special recognition from the President of Costa Rica, as well as several senior US officials.

1966: Camp NMCB 8 dedicates Camp Faulkner to the memory of (Heavy) Equipment Operator 3rd Class Arnold J. Faulkner. Faulkner, attached to NMCB 4, was killed in a construction accident during the rehabilitation of the Special Forces airstrip in Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam (RVN).

2008: A joint group of the US Army-Navy-Marine Corps and Iraqi engineers completed the construction of a 301 meter bridge in Baghdadi, Iraq, over the Euphrates River. Seabee metallurgists from NMCB 17 worked with their counterparts from the Army 814th Engineer Company to weld the components together.

1970: The main body of NMCB 4 leaves the Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Port Hueneme, California, and arrives in Okinawa, Japan.

1967: main body of NMCB 3 in Phu Bai, RVN.


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