U.S. Navy to construct maritime operations centre in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The facility will be set up in the country’s south, in Mykolaiv region
13:21, 16 August 2017

US Navy Seabees during construction works in southern Ukraine
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The U.S. Naval Construction Battalions, widely known as the Navy Seabees, go to Ukraine for construction works to be held in Mykolaiv region. According to the US Naval Institute, the Navy branch will be working on a maritime operations centre on the Black Sea coast – ‘for use during annual U.S. and Ukrainian military exercises and to assist allied maritime operations’.

‘Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 are constructing the $750,000 maritime operations center on Ukraine’s Ochakiv Naval Base (Mykolaiv region, southern Ukraine, - 112 International). When complete, the center will serve as major planning and operational hub, conducting command and control of Black Sea-region maritime assets during Sea Breeze, the annual joint U.S. and Ukrainian military exercise (the last one took place last month, - 112 International),’ US Naval Institute’s website reported.

According to the Institute, the Seabees ‘have been in Ochakiv since April, establishing contracts, obtaining construction permits, and performing other logistical necessities needed for long-term sustainment of the maritime operations center. Once complete, the Navy stated Ukrainian naval forces will operate and maintain the center. Outside of the annual Sea Breeze exercise, the center will assist Ukraine’s ability to coordinate activities with allies operating in the Black Sea’.     

The Seabees are the naval construction force of the U.S. Navy. Their nickname is a heterograph of the first initials "C.B." from the words 'Construction Battalion'. They have been serving as a subdivision of the U.S. Navy since 1942.

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