Seabees celebrate 80th anniversary

The Seabees were born during World War II in 1942 as a way to complete infrastructure projects during the war with men also trained to defend themselves against the enemy.

2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the Seabees and they are ready to celebrate.

Eighty years of can-do attitude! The Seabees are celebrating eight decades of hard work and service with an anniversary ball Saturday. Naval Construction Group Two Chief Staff Officer Captain Heather Walton said, “We like to get together. We like to celebrate our history. We like to celebrate where we are today, even more importantly, to pay tribute to those who came before us and to our legacy.”

The history of the Naval Construction Battalion is laid out in the Seabee Heritage Museum on base.

Captain Walton says every artifact in the building is a testament to the pivotal role of Seabees since World War II. “The Seabees and the Civil Engineers Corps are more important today than ever as we compete in the strategic global power competition. So, this recognizes how we got here, who helped us get here, and it’s a great way to step back, think, and honor those who came before us and celebrate where we are today.”

Over the years, thousands of Seabees have called South Mississippi home, while providing critical support to the American military. They’ve also lent a hand after natural disasters, most notably Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “We appreciate the community support and what we do and it’s important to have a place like this to train. It’s also important for us to be able to give back to the community. We really appreciate the community leadership that supports what we do on a day-to-day basis for training and also just for the general living of our Seabees, our civilians, and our contractors.”

Captain Walton says she looks forward to many more years of the can-do attitude.

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