Navy Construction Force’s Largest Project Progressing

Friday, October 21, 2005
By Journalist 3rd Class Nick Young, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific

Sixty-one Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 are supporting the Navy’s ongoing $19 million construction project at Navy Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF), San Clemente Island. The “Fearless” Beavers of NMCB 74 are constructing a 21-mile-long tank trail from a beach landing site to the island’s Shore Bombardment Access area. The trail will allow Marines to train with amphibious assault vehicles for shore landing operations. The project, which started in June 2004, is scheduled to be completed by 2010 and calls for many activities including equipment maintenance, operation of rock crushing equipment and blasting evolutions. “The training that takes place here is vital to Pacific Fleet’s readiness. The improvements the Seabees are making will enable Marines and Navy Special Forces to train like they operate in the real world,” said Cmdr. Bradford M. Klemstine, officer in charge of NALF. The Seabees, homeported in Gulfport, Miss., are making a lot progress, said Lt. Seth Mangasarian, NMCB 74 San Clemente Island (SCI) detachment officer in charge. “I have an amazing group of Sailors out here," he said. "These guys are talented and eager to work. The progress we are making is impressive.” The work has brought 68 pieces of civil engineer support equipment (CESE) to the island, including bulldozers, dump trucks, rock crushers and other equipment needed at large construction sites. According to the project supervisors, between maintenance and operation of the equipment and blasting operations, each Sailor is receiving a rare opportunity to train and experience areas in the construction field to which others in the Navy may never gain exposure. Military Construction Project Supervisor Equipment Operator 2nd Class Zack Miller agrees. “This may be the best project we will get to work on in our entire Navy careers," Miller said. "The Navy just doesn’t do this kind of work anymore. They contract it to outside companies, so it’s unique to be here.” The SCI Detachment will remain on the island until December, making progress toward completion of their various projects. A different Seabee unit will relieve NMCB 74 in December and complete the project.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Thyssenkrupp Bids for Australian Sub Contract

German industrial group Thyssenkrupp has submitted an offer to the Australian government for a contract to build stealth submarines potentially worth tens of billions of euros,

Australia Submarine Program Enters Next Phase

Evaluation of Australia’s Future Submarine program proposals will now commence with all three potential international partners submitting their proposals in full,

North Korea Submarine-Launch Missile a Flop Show

North Korea apparently failed to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in a sign that Pyongyang has yet to master the technology, Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying.


Rates, Fees of Danish Maritime Authority to be Revised

A number of fee rates within the Danish Maritime Authority's area will be changed from 2016. The price schedule is available from the webpage of the Danish Maritime Authority.

Seagull's Software Tool for Benchmarking Seafarers Knowledge

Seagull Maritime has launched an advanced software tool able to benchmark seafarer knowledge levels, allowing shipowners and operators to compare their crew

Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0659 sec (15 req/sec)