GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More than 80 Seabees are headed to Haiti to help with relief efforts. Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 will use their construction skills to help the people of Haiti for about six months.
"It should be an exciting trip for all of us. I'm very excited to use our skills as builders and construction men to help the people of Haiti and rebuild their city," says Petty Officer Thomas Camara.
The Seabees are going in support of Operation Unified Response. Four planes sat on the tarmac in Gulfport ready to carry the Seabees along with their gear and pallets. Among their duties, the Seabees will clear roads and lines of communication while deployed to Haiti. The heavy equipment they'll use to do their work will be waiting on the Seabees when they get there.
"I'm very happy as an American that we're going down there to do that we can to help them," says Camara.
Though proud to represent the red, white and blue, they say this humanitarian effort must have continued support from the global community.
"It's extremely important that the world show their support as their going through an unprecedented disaster," says Petty Officer Zachary Vaughn.
The Seabees say they've been training for 10 months to assist in operations such as this one. Other members of NMCB 7 will deploy in February for a 10 month European tour of duty.