The U.S. Navy plans to attach an additional Naval Construction Battalion and Naval Construction Regiment to the Gulfport Seabee Base, resulting in an additional 676 new military and civilian positions at the facility, U.S. Senator Trent Lott said today.
"The Navy made a wise decision here, leveraging on Mississippi's pitch that our military gets 'twice the base for half the cost' at Gulfport because of the community's well developed airport and seaport assets," Senator Lott said. "This expansion of Gulfport's Seabee Base provides exceptional value for our armed forces and U.S. taxpayers."
Senator Lott has been very active in the base's reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina as well as its continued development independent of storm recovery.
Senator Lott urged the Navy to have CBC Gulfport compete to accommodate an additional new battalion of Seabees, confident in Gulfport's ability to absorb and host additional military investment.
Naval Construction Battalion 11, consisting of 558 enlisted personnel and 21 officers, along with Naval Mobile Construction Regiment 25, composed of 64 enlisted, 17 officers and 16 civilians, will be established on October 1, 2006 and commence staffing next Spring.
The units' respective missions are as follows: