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U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, CA.

Birth of the Navy’s Construction Battalions
The Naval Construction Force, better known as the Seabees, was born 5 March 1942. To meet the Navy’s need for construction of advanced bases in combat zones in WWII, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, requested specific authority to activate, organize, and man Navy construction units. The first Seabee units were authorized on 5 January 1942, and official authorization of the Seabee name and insignia occurred on 5 March 1942.

Since then, for over 75 years, Seabees have been the Navy's construction force, building bases and airfields, conducting underwater construction, and building roads, bridges, and other support facilities. They play a crucial role in supporting the fleet and combatant commands while carrying out the Navy's maritime strategy.

Seabees also play an important role in sustaining global relationships. Seabees are forward deployed around the world to provide engineering and construction support while promoting regional stability and improving lives through engineering civic action projects in many countries.


U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum selects, collects, preserves, and displays historic material related to the history of the Naval Construction Force (Seabees), and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. A wide selection of museum holdings is available digitally through the museum website. Material includes World War II unit histories, World War II cruisebooks, and issuances from the World War II Seabee News Service.


More History and Tradition of the Seabees

History of the Seabees

Naval Construction Battalion Books

Building the Navy's Bases in World War II

Seabee History: Introduction

Seabee History: Formation of the Seabees and World War II

Seabee History: Between the Second World War and the Korean War

Seabee History: Southeast Asia

Seabee History: After Vietnam

Seabee History: Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm

The Seabees at 75

Museum Advisory Council Green-lights 75th Seabee Anniversary Plans for March 2017

Quonset Hut Manuals

Seabee Unit Cruise Books in the Navy Department Library


Blog Posts

10 Things You Need to Know About Your Seabees!

The U.S. Navy Seabees: Rates to Remember

After much deliberation, Seabees settle on March 5 as birthday

Building for a Nation and for Equality: African American Seabees in World War II

Code Name: BOBCAT – Part One

Code Name: BOBCAT – Part Two



The following videos focus on the proud and continuing tradition of the Seabees. 

Built on History

Seabee Reflections: World War II to Present. [YouTube] In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Seabees, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, California, had the opportunity recently to interview Seabees who served from World War II to present.

Celebration of the Fighting Seabees. [YouTube] This video combines historic footage with recent imagery to show the Fighting Seabees, then and now.

Seabees of World War II. [YouTube] This World War II footage, obtained from the National Archives, includes a brief prologue and epilogue from Rear Adm. Ben Moreell. Footage includes Pacific operations as well as scenes of the Sicily invasion and landing at Salerno.

History of the Seabees in Guam. [YouTube] This video, courtesy of Joint Region Marianas, provides a historical look at Seabee contributions in Guam.

Celebrating the Contributions of Seabee Betty. [YouTube] This video, courtesy of Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs, tells the story of "Seabee Betty," who served as a surrogate mother to thousands of Seabees stationed in Guam.

“Can Do Since ’42”: World War II Service
These video clips highlight the service of Seabee veterans.

All Hands Magazine interviews World War II Seabees. [YouTube]

World War II veteran and Seabee Jack Mace recounts his service in the Pacific Fleet. [YouTube]

The son of a World War II veteran discusses the pride he has for his father’s service. [YouTube]

A World War II Seabee veteran discusses his experience serving in the Philippines. [YouTube]

Constructing the Future
These videos depict the range of Seabee capabilities and provide footage of today’s Seabees at work.

Capabilities of the Seabees [YouTube]

All Hands Update [YouTube]

NMCB 5 Holds Basic First Aid Educational Event in Calinog [DVIDS]

BUCN Glenn Vaca: Construction Project in Cambodia [DVIDS]

NMCB 5 Classroom Construction Project in Panay [DVIDS]

 Seabees in Cambodia [DVIDS]

UCT Diego Garcia: Diving Operations [DVIDS]

Valiant Shield 2016: CTF-75 [DVIDS]

Why I’m Proud To Be a Seabee
In these video interviews, Sailors share why they’re proud to be Seabees.

Share from YouTube: 

The camaraderie

The uniqueness of the work

The valuable skills Seabees learn

The amazing accomplishments of the Seabees

The proud tradition

The versatility of the Seabees

The community

The rewarding projects

Seabees Can Do! | Full interview also available.

The rich heritage

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The opportunity to dive into history

The opportunity to lead


Notable Seabees

James D. Fairbanks
Edward Griffin Underhill


Selected Images

Recruiting poster:  Seabees

Recruiting poster: Seabees

Seabee Technical Assistance Team

Seabee Technical Assistance Team Developing a well by the hydro jet method, in Republic of Vietnam, 1964.

U.S. Navy Seabee Well Drilling Team No. Three

Seabee Well Drilling Team No. Three at work at Tac Van, An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1964.

Boeing B-29 " Bomber -Indian Maid

Boeing B-29 " Bomber -Indian Maid having "Seabee" emblem painted on its nose by painter 1/c Roscoe Saunders, at Tinian, circa late 1944.

Seabees of U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eight move a section of an aircraft shelter into place at the Marine Air Group Eleven Area, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam.

24 July 1969. Seabees of U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eight move a section of an aircraft shelter into place at the Marine Air Group Eleven Area, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam.

Navy construction Battalion road crew  (" Seabee")

Navy construction Battalion road crew (" Seabee") lays a four-lane highway on Guam, circa later 1944.

A U.S. Navy Seabee

A U.S. Navy Seabee of The Third Naval Construction Brigade works on a rod near the demilitarized zone Republic of Vietnam, November 1967.

Navy Recruiting Poster

"Build for Peace, Join the Navy's Seabee Reserve," Navy recruiting poster, for Seabee reservists.

Navy Builder Chief Paul Patterson surveys underground cable locations on board Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Navy Builder Chief Paul Patterson surveys underground cable locations on board Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Published:Thu Aug 09 11:08:15 EDT 2018