The US Navy Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 has successfully concluded a command sustainment exercise.

The exercise included one construction project in support of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) and two Seabee Technical Training (STT) modules.

Evaluated by NMCB-3’s internal quality assurance team, the exercise ensures that the technical construction skills built by Seabees are ready to be deployed in the case of a contingency or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) response.

The crew of Seabees is currently working on rotating shifts to finish the assigned projects.

The crew uses face coverings and maintains social distancing to the maximum extent possible as per the coronavirus (Covid-19) mitigation guidance issued.

NMCB-3 training officer Lieutenant Commander Calvin Warren said: “We had these difficulties.

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“But they were overcome through robust communication at all levels of the command, and reliance on small unit leaders, particularly project supervisors and crew leaders, and clear published guidance for required personal protective equipment and social distancing behaviours to keep the teams and evaluators safe.”

The first project provided support to NBVC, Point Mugu by placing a 48ft by 60ft concrete pad with an aluminium perimeter fence. The pad will host an EA-6B Prowler aircraft display in California.

Separately, another team of Seabees has been working on an outdoor facility, STT modules, and underground utilities. The facility will aid the battalions to develop and train their technical constructions skills in multiple areas.

The underground utilities module tested the Seabees’ ability to excavate trenches and install other specific construction requirements. The Seabees built two CMU foundations and one waste enclosure.

The exercise was evaluated by Seabees’ quality assurance staff to make sure the project requirements are met.

Once the battalion is deployed, these personnel will periodically travel to check on the battalion’s construction sites.