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Seabees Participate in Humanitarian Mission

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Story Number: NNS070622-15
Release Date: 6/22/2007 10:56:00 AM

By Theresa Dezellem, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 loaded one of their bulldozers onto USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during its stopover on Guam on June 10-12, for use in humanitarian projects during Pacific Partnership 2007.

Pacific Partnership 2007 is a humanitarian aid operation conducted in conjunction with several different nations in Asia and the Western Pacific.

Members of NMCB 7 and Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 are embarked on the Peleliu and will operate the bulldozer in various locations.

“The bulldozer will be used to clean out a flood control ditch at Tagas River in Tobaco, Philippines, that was covered by a mudslide,” said Lt. Gregory Jennings, of NMCB 7. “It will also be used in Papua, New Guinea, to reconstruct a dirt road that is in need of repair.”

Jennings said prior to embarking on the humanitarian aid mission, NMCB 4 provided support to the Seabees of NMCB 7 setting up transportation and time.

Jennings said NMCB 4 was also instrumental in handling the transfer of three radios that communicate via satellite and will allow the shore crews a third way of communicating back to the ship while they are on the ground.

Jennings said both NMCB 7 and ACB 1 will be involved in aid missions during the four month deployment aboard the Peleliu.

“We will be repairing schools and hospitals primarily,” said Jennings. “We’ll also be installing playgrounds and basketball courts.”

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