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NMCB 1 Completes Deployment, Turns Over to NMCB 133
The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. It offers deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain - Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 completed turning over the Seabee's Europe and Africa Naval Construction Force missions to NMCB 133 during a turnover ceremony Feb. 16 aboard Camp Mitchell, the Seabee camp in Rota, Spain. The change of charge marked the official end of a seven-month deployment for NMCB 1 after a weeklong turnover with NMCB 133.
“133, I want to thank you for a professional turnover. I wish you the absolute best on this next deployment. I know you guys are going to hit it out of the park. I’m thoroughly impressed with every one of your shops and personnel, and I can’t thank you for a better turnover. I am very proud of the leadership I’ve seen from you. You were widely successful, and you’ve honored our heritage everywhere we’ve gone.” - Cmdr. Kemit Spears, commanding officer, NMCB 1 “Our path has been set. To the men and women of NMCB 133 and 22, we are up for the challenge. I’m proud of what we accomplished at homeport. We are clearly ready for this challenge and this tasking. Our challenge and our tasking is to lead boldly, execute aggressively and raise that bar, and we are capable of doing that. - Cmdr., Miguel Dieguez, commanding officer, NMCB 133 “I hope that you have a wonderful return and reunion with your friends and families, and I hope you enjoy some very well earned time off. To the new team, the bar has been set extremely high, skipper, permission granted to raise it. I know you’re up to the task.” - Capt. Joseph Polanin, commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa