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OKINAWA, Japan— The U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 completed a joint Communications Exercise (COMMEX) with Marines assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) onboard Camp Shields, Nov. 23.
The joint COMMEX allowed the battalion to self-evaluate its ability to use multiple types of communication equipment to practice communicating in a degraded environment. They proved they could execute command and control of the battalion's detail sites across the Indo-Pacific region and effectively send reports to the 30th Naval Construction Regiment.
"It provides the commander a snapshot of his battalion's current readiness to operate, should he need to transition into the 'Fight Tonight,'" said 1st Lt. Brandon Jackson, NMCB-5's Marine Corps liaison officer.
The Marines from the 9th ESB communications department simulated a scenario that degraded communication lines. The idea was to get the Seabees to use other means to receive information typically provided from higher headquarters and subordinate units.