At any given time, nearly 2,500 Navy Seabees are deployed to about 25 different locations around the globe, providing support to combatant commanders. Seabees provide a wide range of construction in support of operating forces, including roads, bridges, bunkers, airfields and logistics bases. Their military skills enable them to protect themselves and their construction projects wherever they go. In addition to their wartime mission, Seabees are the Navy’s goodwill ambassadors, building friendships as well as construction projects as part of U.S. efforts to promote peace and prevent war through humanitarian and disaster recovery missions. These missions support the Navy’s goals of preventing conflict, promoting regional stability and protecting coalition interests.
“Seabees are playing a critical role in building positive relationships with communities and local governments all over the world. Their engagement with local populations often opens doors for future collaborations as we look to gain trust and establish mutual respect among these nations.”
— RADM Mark A. Handley, Commander, FIRST Naval Construction Division.
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The Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 recently completed a deployment to the island of Pohnpei, where they repaired a school, a library and a mental health facility. In the process, they operated an apprentice program to teach construction skills to local residents. These efforts will help improve the education and employment opportunities for Pohnpei’s youth. Helping make the world a better place is part of what Seabees do every day.