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At Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport
at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport
You can find Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport on the beachfront of the Gulf of Mexico, in Harrison County in the city of Gulfport, Mississippi. The center is home to the Atlantic Fleet Seabees, known as the East Coast Seabees. NCBC Gulfport is in the middle of the intermodal system that includes the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport, the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Interstate 10 and a regional rail system. New Orleans is only 90 miles west.
NCBC Gulfport sits on 1,100 acres. The center hosts 39 tenants, more than 4,400 active-duty personnel and their families, 6,400 retirees and their families, plus nearly 800 DOD civilians. The center stores millions of dollars in gear and equipment on 500 acres of warehouse space, which contains everything a Seabee battalion needs to deploy — from trucks and weapons to bulldozers and cranes as well as food, ammunition and communications equipment.
The center exists to maintain and operate facilities and provide services and material in support of Naval Construction Force units, to include Amphibious Construction Fleet units, the Maritime Prepositioning Force (enhanced), and other fleet and assigned organizational units deployed from or homeported at NCBC Gulfport, and to perform such other functions and tasks as may be assigned by higher authority.
On June 2, 1942, an Advanced Base Depot was established in Gulfport and the first Seabees started arriving. In 1992, the center celebrated its 50th anniversary on the Gulf Coast. Today, the Seabees occupy a special place throughout the mid-South. The men and women of the center have been honored for their distinguished community service and awarded the prestigious Laurel Wreath Award for significant contributions to local communities.