GULFPORT -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 embarked on a rather unique deployment Sunday from the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.
Normally during deployments, the battalion remains together and operates out of a central command. This time around, 270 Seabees are dispersed to more than seven locations in the Pacific, while about 230 are stationed at four stateside locations.
Different this time
"We won't be operating out of a main body," said Chief Petty Officer Kim Martinez, public affairs officer for NMCB1. "Everywhere we deployed this time is a detail. We have fewer people but our mission still remains the same.
"It won't impact our productivity, we just have to be more deliberate in the types of jobs we take on. That's the biggest difference."
The Seabees' Pacific command is comprised of details in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Guam and Diego Garcia.
Martinez said the overall objective of the overseas details is to grow relationships with the host nations through mostly construction-related operations and humanitarian projects.
"We're going to do theater security cooperations, it's a lot about developing relationships that we have built with the host nations through an engineering capacity as well as helping them to strengthen their local infrastructure," Martinez said. "The U.S. is committed to helping and improving host nations relationships. A lot of those relationships have existed for years, so it's important for our presence to be there to develop those partnerships as well."
Stateside, the Seabees' northern command includes details in Norfolk, Va.; China Lake, Calif.; San Clemente, Calif., and Gulfport.
"In our U.S. locations, our Seabees will execute projects that prepare us for disaster support and civic assistance missions that can arise without warning," Cmdr. Chad Brooks said.
Martinez said the Gulfport detail will include work throughout Harrison County, Camp Shelby and at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport.
The deployment is aligned with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' four priorities of people, platforms, power and partnerships, Martinez said.
Ready for the task at hand
"We have assembled task-tailored teams for the specific missions at each of our deployed sites and maintain the capability to respond to emerging missions," Brooks said. "This deliberate engagement allows us to work closely with our partner nations through sustained forward presence."