Seabees Flying To Georgia For Training

Gulfport Seabees haven't been able to conduct many training missions involving planes since September 11th. But now, that's changed.

A C-130 flew into Gulfport on Thursday to take 300,00 pounds of cargo to Robins Air Force Base in Georgia in a three-day period.

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74's training exercise involves about 88 air detachments. The Seabees work to set up a camp of 700 tents, including food areas and bathrooms to support any branch of the military. In wartime, the camp would maintain a defense around the area.

"This is actually the first time in quite a while that we've flown to do an exercise," Lt. Thomas Lyons said. "This is critical is because this is what we do, this is what the Seabees is all about, supporting the Marines getting to the area and getting engaged."

The training continues in Georgia until the 23rd of this month.