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Seabees from 30th Naval Construction Regiment Begin Iraq Deployment

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Story Number: NNS070221-10
Release Date: 2/21/2007 4:56:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Shane Montgomery, 30th Naval Construction Regiment

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Nearly 100 Seabees from the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30th NCR) departed Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif. Feb. 21, beginning a 14-month Iraq deployment.

The regiment, commanded by Capt. Katherine Gregory, will provide critical construction for the Second Marine Expeditionary Force (IIMEF) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

30th NCR will command nearly 1,000 Navy Seabees, Marine and Army construction assets from Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 4 and 28, the 8th Engineering Support Group and the 719 Construction Support Equipment group. Projects may include bridge and road repair, combat outpost construction, and aircraft runway repair among others.

“There is nothing that we do in the construction business that is more important than supporting our forces and allies on the battlefield,” said Gregory. “What we are going to do there will make a difference, and that is a tremendous source of pride for me and my Seabees.”

This deployment will mark the second to Iraq for 30th NCR, who supported OIF in 2004 and 2005.

Because 30th NCR is responsible for naval construction throughout the Pacific theater, the command will be deploying half of their personnel for the initial seven months and the other half during the final seven months of the planned deployment. This strategy will allow the command to continue providing mission critical construction to places like the Philippines, Japan and Korea.

The first wave of forward deployed 30th NCR Seabees will be relieving the third Naval Construction Regiment currently headquartered in Camp Fallujah, Iraq.

Thirthieth NCR assets include four Naval Mobile Construction Battalions, an Underwater Construction Team, and a Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit, a force of about 3,000 Seabees and Civil Engineers, throughout the Pacific Fleet.



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