US Navy Seabees build a dental facility
The US Navy Seabees and Mobile Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 construct a dental facility at Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.
The facility will provide dental care to residents of Manus and the surrounding islands, significantly improving the infrastructure at Lombrum Naval Base while strengthening partnerships between the United States and Papua New Guinea.
The Seabees are deployed to PNG – at the request of the PNG Defense Force – to work with the PNG Defense Force and the Australian Defense Force on infrastructure improvements as part of their 2021-2022 deployment in the area of ââresponsibility of the US Indo-Pacific Command.
The construction of the five-room dental facility includes a raised concrete slab and balcony connecting the building to the medical facility; installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning; plumbing; and electricity.
âThe dental center is a unique structure,â said builder 2nd class Pascua Richtofen, with NMCB-5. âThis is one of the most revolutionary projects the Seabees have done, especially for our early deployers. We have exhausted all the technical skills acquired throughout our training to ensure the quality of the construction and overcome the challenges of its construction with the limited resources available at this new detachment site.
The goal of NMCB-5 is to provide quality construction and a working partnership with the host nation to enable long-term support and a strategic presence in the South Pacific area of ââoperations. Planned completion of the project is in fiscal year 2023. Seabees with NMCB-5 will hand over the project to NMCB-3 in 2022.
Seabee’s efforts will help develop, maintain and enhance the maritime security capabilities and capability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force, enhancing maritime security and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific .
US Navy Seabees assigned to NMCB-5 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ââoperations, supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific, strengthening their alliances and partnerships, and providing technical and civilian support to joint task forces. Homeported out of Port Hueneme, Calif. NMCB-5 has 13 retail sites deployed across the United States and the Indo-Pacific area of ââoperations.