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NMCB 1 Completes Deployment, Turns Over to NMCB 133

February 17, 2016 at 3:42 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michaela Garrison, NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs

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.

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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.

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“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

Quick Facts: 
NMCB 133’s deployment to Rota is expected to last approximately seven months.
NMCB 1 supported the NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 2015 with construction of two training structures at Sierra del Retin, Spain, beginning Oct 16, 2015.
NMCB 1 conducted a training exercise on operating an Evacuation Control Center (ECC) at Camp Mitchell on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 11, 2015.
NMCB 1 conducted training on operating an Evacuation Control Center (ECC) at Camp Mitchell on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Aug. 29, 2015.
NMCB 11 completed turning over the Seabee’s Europe and Africa Naval Construction Force missions to NMCB 1 during a turnover ceremony at Camp Mitchell, the Seabee camp in Naval Station Rota, Spain, Aug. 3, 2015.
NMCB 1 is a Seabee battalion that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.
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.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.