TINIAN, Northern Mariana Islands—U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3’s Detail Tinian, supported by U.S. Marines with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, have proudly upheld NMCB-3’s “Better Than Best” motto by executing multinational, joint service exercise support, engineering projects, and community relations events while forward-deployed to Tinian. Since the groundbreaking of construction efforts in February 2022, the team continued to showcase their technical skills and unparalleled work ethic.
On the Seabee’s Expeditionary Camp Tinian, the joint engineering team demolished two 32-by-16 foot South West Asia huts and one 48-by-16 “super” SWA hut located in a high-flood risk area. These three structures were strategically rebuilt, with the same material at no additional cost, reducing the potential for flood damage. After a heavy storm, the newly-located structures proved to successfully withstand the elements without flooding, and they are now capable of sustaining future units training in Tinian.
Upon completion of SWA hut relocation, the Camp Tinian construction team focused on support for the joint exercise Valiant Shield 2022. The priority efforts included installation of underground utility connections to a lift station and septic tank for wastewater removal, a shower and laundry facility, and regrading a laydown area. These improvements increased the self-sufficiency of the camp, allowing it to support fleet activities in the area of operations and provided comfortable living for units residing on the expeditionary camp.
Detail Tinian also enhanced their technical expertise through on-site contractor-led training from Trimble Inc. Under their guidance, our junior equipment operators and engineer aides learned to install the Trimble Earthworks grade control system for US Navy Seabee bulldozers and graders, allowing operators to precisely grade the camp to specified elevations. They refined the existing topography of the camp to ensure proper drainage of runoff. As a result of this in-depth training, the Tinian earthwork team was able to take advantage of grade control technology and accurately accomplish the task at hand.
Off camp, the top priority was the Marpo Heights Road project. “Better Than Best” Seabees and 7th ESB Marines started the rigorous process of preparing a 1,500-foot roadway for paving after a year-and-a-half stagnation on the project. They remained motivated and eager, as they installed storm water catchment basins, high-density polyethylene pipe, thousands of cubic yards of fill, and a concrete drainage swale along the road’s perimeter. Their preparation efforts ultimately led to pave day, when the team placed 330 tons of asphalt along the roadway. This project will serve the local community for many years to come.
The Seabees of NMCB-3 make every effort to be a proactive team that leads by example and succeeds in complex and distributed environments. They are forward-deployed to strengthen partnerships and maintain our readiness skills while fostering relationships and building new partnerships. The security we provide supports regional stability, which in turn promotes prosperity for all regional countries.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Underwood
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3