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Happy 75th birthday to our Gullfport Seabees

The Seabee Base in Gulfport is celebrating 75 years. The then "Naval Defense Depot" first opened in South Mississippi on June 2, 1942. (Photo source: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gpt) The Seabee Base in Gulfport is celebrating 75 years. The then "Naval Defense Depot" first opened in South Mississippi on June 2, 1942. (Photo source: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gpt)
In 1952, the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center was created, and our modern day "Seabee Base" was born. (Photo source: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gpt) In 1952, the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center was created, and our modern day "Seabee Base" was born. (Photo source: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gpt)
Our Seabees have been a tremendous help in our greatest times of need, coming to our aid to help repair and rebuild after Hurricane Camille in 1969 and  Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo source: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gpt) Our Seabees have been a tremendous help in our greatest times of need, coming to our aid to help repair and rebuild after Hurricane Camille in 1969 and  Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo source: Naval Construction Battalion Center Gpt)
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The Seabee Base in Gulfport is celebrating 75 years. The then "Naval Defense Depot" first opened in South Mississippi on June 2, 1942. They Navy chose Gulfport to help with defense planning during World War II because it had the necessary port access to the Gulf and our warm climate allowed for year-round training and shipping.

Two years later, the depot became a full-fledged training facility for engineers and electricians. It was decommissioned in 1946 and became a storage area for stockpiling materials like copper and tin. 

In 1952, the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center was created, and our modern day "Seabee Base" was born. It expanded in both military and civilian personnel during the mid-1960s as there was an increasing need for naval construction forces in Southeast Asia during the Korean War. 

The base is currently home to the Atlantic Fleet Seabees, as well as 39 other tenants who use the facility. Our Seabees have been a tremendous help in our greatest times of need, coming to our aid to help repair and rebuild after Hurricane Camille in 1969 and  Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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