Seabee Base Now Home To Another Federal Agency

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a new home at the Gulfport Seabee Base. The federal agency, which is under the Department of Homeland Security, hosted a dedication ceremony at its new facility Thursday.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed the group's former headquarters at the Gulfport Harbor. The new headquarters is the result of a $2 million renovation to a 1950's era building at the military base. Leaders of the group say it's an ideal location for their new facility.

"A little bit further inland, so we don't have to worry about the next storm. We can still, we're still within a five minute response to our boats if we do get a call out. So, we're as close as we can be without jeopardizing the office again right on the water," Director of Marine Operations Leslie Jones said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is involved with drug interdiction and ongoing efforts to halt illegal immigration. The federal agency is also actively involved in the war against terrorism.