By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Victor Torrico, NMCB-11 Public Affairs Office
Forward deployed members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detail Cameroon conducted a deed audit of all assets assigned to their project on April 30, 2018.
The Detail’s project consists of the construction and repair of a multi-purpose building that has been in the planning and building process for more than three years. This ongoing project is part of a multi-battalion effort, being managed by all of the NMCBs homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi.
The forward deployed five-person team has conducted an intensive quality control check of all assets belonging to the Det. Spearheading this project is Ensign Brett Fite, officer in charge of the detail.
“I’m really proud of the team’s work while constantly facing adversity,” said Fite. “We've been able to address several problem areas that could have arisen. This will allow us to hit the ground running when we get the green light again.”
During their inspections, the team has identified both actual and potential challenges in the project, and have begun to take the steps necessary to correct any potential deficiencies.
One big challenge to the Det. has been logistics. Some assets had to be purchased from Europe or procured from the battalion's homeport element located in Gulfport, Mississippi. This can, and often times does, result in supplies taking several months to arrive at the project, however this has not stopped the project from pushing forward as the Seabees involved in the project utilize every asset available.
In addition to the audits, the Seabees have been doing an in-depth review of all supplies stored on the project site. Normal wear and tear is expected due to the harsh environmental conditions in Cameroon, especially with the rainy season rapidly approaching. With that in mind, the team verified the condition of their supplies, as well as their storage methods.
NMCB-11 is homeported in Gulfport, and is part of the Naval Construction Force (NCF). They have personnel assigned to more than 15 locations world-wide, performing a variety of missions in support of the Navy and the Department of Defense.
The NCF is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy and is comprised of deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.
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