COCHRAN COMMEMORATES NAVY SEABEES 75th ANNIVERSARY
Defense Appropriations Chairman Lauds “Unmatched Courage, Strength & Professionalism”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today released a statement commemorating the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion, also known as the Seabees.
The Seabees were established on March 5, 1942, to build, maintain and support base infrastructure for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Cochran paid tribute to the Seabees in a Congressional Record statement, which included meritorious citations for Seabee families and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, Miss.
“In every major operation our nation has carried out, from World War II to present operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy Seabees are there, demonstrating unmatched courage, strength and professionalism. Their personal sacrifices are a testament to the dedication of the Navy’s elite construction force,” Cochran said.
Cochran, a Navy veteran, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense. The following is the text of Cochran’s tribute:
75th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Seabees
Mr. President, today I wish to pay tribute to the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion, also known as the Seabees, and congratulate them on their 75th anniversary. It was March 5th, 1942, when the Seabees were charged by the Navy with the task of building, maintaining, and supporting base infrastructure in remote locations for the Navy and Marine Corps. Seabees execute this critical mission, while also maintaining the capability to engage in combat operations.
For 75 years, the Seabees have met challenges in times of war and peace. They have been deployed all over the world, contributing to our national security interests by constructing military bases, building airfields, roads, bridges, and even underwater structures. In every major operation our Nation has carried out, from World War II to present operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy Seabees are there, demonstrating unmatched courage, strength, and professionalism. Their personal sacrifices are a testament to the dedication of the Navy’s elite construction force.
As we honor the Seabees today, let us not forget to acknowledge the many sacrifices their families have made throughout their 75 years. Whether at home or abroad in the more than 30 countries to which they deploy, it is the support of their families that enables the brave men and women of the Seabees to accomplish their mission with the utmost devotion to duty, honor, and country. I am proud that Gulfport, MS, serves as home to the Naval Construction Battalion Center, where more than 12,500 Seabees, sailors, airmen, and soldiers have received valuable training this past year alone.
We congratulate the U.S. Navy Seabees on their 75th anniversary and reaffirm our commitment to them.