US Navy seabees constructing maritime operations center in Ukraine

Illustration: Seabees laying concrete for a defense training site at Marine Corps Air Station Futnema in Okinawa, Japan. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy Seabees on July 25 started construction of a maritime operations center on the Ukrainian Ochakiv Naval Base.

The seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, have been in Ochakiv since April to establish contracts, obtain construction permits, and perform other logistical necessities needed for long term sustainment of the maritime operations center project.

The maritime operations center is one of three projects that are currently planned to be executed by the seabees in Ochakiv and will serve as a major planning and operational hub during future military exercises hosted by Ukraine.

“Beginning construction in Ukraine is a significant accomplishment for NMCB 1,” said Lt. j.g. Jason McGee, officer in charge of Det. Ukraine. “Our ability to maximize European reassurance initiatives in Ukraine holds strategic importance, and will ultimately improve host nation defense capacity and infrastructure, strengthen relations, and increase bilateral training capabilities.”

Maritime operations centers are the operational-level warfare command and control organizations designed to deliver flexible maritime capabilities throughout the full range of military operations. Maritime operations centers support fleet management and the execution of operational responsibilities by providing commanders with flexible, tailored, and scalable staff and processes to make mission-critical decisions and enhance maritime capabilities.

Other future Seabee projects in Ochakiv include a boat maintenance facility and entry control points with perimeter fencing.

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