The Navy Seabees have been around for many decades. In the beginning, they were known as the “Fighting Seabees.” They are members of the Navy Construction Force of the US military. They get their name from the first two letters of the construction battalion: CB. Their legacy has been centered around the construction of airstrips, buildings, roadways, and much more. They began their existence with the Navy all the way back in 1942 and have served in many different aspects and theatres since then.
The Seabees have actually been serving in overseas areas around Iraq and Afghanistan since before Desert Shield and Desert Storm. They began building in many areas of Kuwait. They built all of Camp Arifjan and several other camps that housed thousands of Air Force, Navy, and Marine personnel. They have built barracks, latrines, and other services. They built in other countries what we left behind in the United States. Anybody who was at any of the camps in Kuwait from 2003 and on did not live in harsh conditions other than the outside heat because of the work of the Seabees.
Navy Seabees Their Motto
The Seabees have a few different mottos, one of which is “Can do.” This for them means no job or task is too small or too large to take on and complete, no matter the condition or situation. The other motto is ‘We build. We fight.” The Seabees have been sent into areas that aren’t very secure to build bridges or piers and assist troops in combat. They will always have the Navy fighting spirit and make sacrifices just the same as any combat unit to complete their mission. They actually have a badge that is called the Seabee Combat Warfare or SCW. This is actually a very rigorous qualification that takes months to achieve. Some of the tasks needed to accomplish in order to get this badge will keep the candidate up for days, not hours. This is much like the Infantry EIB qualification, only somewhat harder.
Navy Seabees Tradition
The tradition of the Navy Seabees will always last. They will deploy with Marines or lead the way into an area and set up camp and make it ready for everyone. They may swing a hammer or connect the HVAC, but the job they do is far harder than it looks. They spend long hours building a latrine or airstrip for supplies to land. The Seabees are the time-honored Construction Battalion that does way more than most will ever endure. They are the U.S. Navy Seabees. They build. They fight.