In this file photo, Builder Constructionman Brittany McGrath from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 leads U.S. and Philippine Seabees and a group of local residents in pulling a suspension cable for a footbridge project in Zambales, Philippines, in 2013. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Chris Fahey)

YOKOSUKA, Japan - Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 and NMCB 5 recently held a turnover ceremony at Camp Shields, Okinawa Feb. 14, recognizing the significant work done during NMCB 4’s 7th Fleet deployment.

NMCB 4 had been deployed in the 7th Fleet area of operations for the last six months and supported the completion of 27 construction projects to include two medical clinics and three community centers.

NMCB 4 also helped construct four new school houses for different partner nations, working closely with local authorities. One significant joint project was in Timor-Leste with the local Ministry of Education completing a school house that is 56 feet by 31 feet with a concrete foundation, strong block walls and a metal roof. Timor-Leste engineers assisted during portions of the project by providing concrete, masonry, and electrical construction.

While deployed to 7th Fleet, NMCB 4 trained for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief contingencies in the region, provided support to the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, and held numerous other field training and communication exercises.

NMCB 5 will continue to provide construction projects and support forward presence for 7th Fleet executing critical missions across seven countries and construction engagements at six locations.

NMCB 4 Seabees have returned to their homeport in Port Hueneme, Calif., to begin training for their 2016 deployment

Cmdr. Cameron Geertsema, right, commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, exchanges salutes with Cmdr. Jeff Lengkeek, commanding officer of NMCB 4, during a change of charge ceremony between the two Seabee battalions on Camp Shields in Okinawa, Feb. 14. (U.S. Navy/MC1 John P. Curtis)