Foal Eagle 2016

The US Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) has concluded its participation along with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Seabees in Exercise Foal Eagle 2016.

The Foal Eagle 2016 exercise is a combined field-training exercise undertaken every year by the ROK and the US armed forces, with support from the Combined Forces Command.

The exercise assessed the regiment’s operational abilities, including embark, logistics, communications, and engineering and construction outside of a stateside training environment.

“The close relationship between our US and Korean Seabees creates great synergies.”

During the exercise, the regiment spearheaded various projects between ROK engineers and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, NMCB 133, Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, and Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303.

The NMCB 133, along with the ROK forces, built a temporary forward-operating base in Busan using ROK design modifications.

The construction included a wooden bunker, a Southwest Asia hut, timber watch tower, head facilities, and various tent structures.

According to NMCB 133 Detachment Busan officer-in-charge lieutenant Van Nguyen, the participating units of the US Navy and the ROK Seabees had integrated themselves to channelise their daily objectives, safety briefs and communication.

The UCT 2 completed constructing an expeditionary wharf and had engaged in crane operations and underwater topography at Commander-in-Chief ROK Fleet base, as well as underwater welding and cutting for pier repair training with their ROK counterparts at the ROK engineering school, collaborating with the ROK Seabee dive team.

The NMCB 4, CBMU 303 and the ROK units joined forces to repair collapsed wharf walls, piers, and airfields, exhibiting their deplorability during major combat operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, theatre security cooperation, and construction readiness operations.

30 NCR commodore captain James Meyer said: "The close relationship between our US and Korean Seabees creates great synergies, improving our interoperability and readiness to respond to any crisis."

Image: NECC dive medical officer for the Underwater Construction Teams in action during the exercise. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles E White/Released.