With “Can Do” Attitude, Nothing Gets Between These Sailors and the Mission

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Underwater Construction Team Member in river with hydraulic saw

This video is about one of the smaller — yet incredibly important — units in the Navy’s huge and diverse force: the Seabees.

It points out where they go and what they do in combat situations. Though, as you’ll see here, they will always run into obstacles in the way of completing their missions, but they are not stopped. Seabees are trained to be flexible, inventive, innovative and enterprising, under conditions that would be extreme in anyone’s definition.

The Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB), otherwise known as the Seabees (borrowed from the last two letters), has been an important element in the military mission in every war since WWII. They have built in every environment on the planet from the jungles of Burma and Vietnam to the icy wastes of Antarctica. They are experts in all elements of construction and are able to deal with whatever weather, climate, or battle conditions might come about. They can construct whatever is needed quickly and efficiently, making their fellow troops both comfortable and well protected. They can even do this underwater.

A Seabee rappels down a steep cliff wall during jungle warfare training

But along with their construction expertise, they are also a highly trained and prepared fighting force. If attacked, they can return the insult with a “sting” of their own. There is no other unit like the CBs (Seabees). They can build and they can fight with equal determination and skill. Their motto, after all, is “We Build, We Fight.” Their more informal motto is simply “Can Do.”

We here at the Veterans Site offer the U.S. Navy’s Seabees our respect and our gratitude for all that they do. They are a highly decorated unit in the Navy’s arsenal. Thank you to all who have served and who are serving today in this elite and unique Navy unit.


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1) STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (March 20, 2012) Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Adam Griffin begins to saw a submerged log while clearing a river during a field training exercise for Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott A. Raegen, CC BY 2.0).
2) OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 22, 2013) Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Jorge Reyes, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, performs a hasty rappel down a steep ridge while running a six-hour endurance course at the Marine Corps’ Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC). (U.S. Navy photo by /Released)(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, CC BY 2.0).


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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.