From Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Public Affairs
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 arrived to oil terminals located off the coast of Aug. 23 to work on living conditions and improve platform access.
Few Seabees have had the opportunity of working on oil terminals, which are huge suppliers of the exported oil. Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal (KAAOT) and Al Basrah Oil Terminal (ABOT) are located in the northern .
"It's kind of cool knowing that we are working on something that is so important to the world's economy," said Utilitiesman 2nd Class (SCW) Jason Grubbs.
and coalition maritime forces provide assistance to the Iraqi Navy defending 's major oil platforms. These terminals are significant sources of Iraqi government revenue and contribute approximately 80 percent of 's gross domestic product.
Another requirement for NMCB 4 is to train the civilian contractors to handle repairs and trouble calls on their own so that the platforms can run and operate self-sufficiently.
"We aren't going to be here forever," said Steelworker 2nd Class Nicholas Nenortas. "They need to learn how to do preventative maintenance and upkeep so they can effectively operate the oil platforms with maximum efficiency."
Led by Combined Task Force (CTF) 158, coalition maritime forces in the maintain a naval and air presence to safeguard the region's vital links to the global economy. These key maritime infrastructure nodes are the foundation for the region's economic growth, stability and prosperity as well as significantly impact the global economy.
NMCB 4 is on a six-month deployment supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. African Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, and U.S. European Command construction requirements.