Take A Dip
With hot-dip galvanizing capacities increasing each yearthere are now kettles with 120-ft capacities that could galvanize large girders and beamswhy not consider galvanizing the steel? In many cases, the initial cost of applying the zinc coating of the hot-dip galvanizing process is less than painting and most certainly the life-cycle cost is less because there is usually no maintenance required on hot-dip galvanized steel for 50 or more years. That is a huge taxpayers savings, not to mention the savings in soft costsno traffic jams for repairs!
Just before the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, 11 Seabee battalions were recommissioned, among them MCB 7 at Davisville, R.I. All 11 battalions were in Korea doing advance base construction. Before the end of the war Seabees began construction of bases in support of the Cold War. Among them was Cubi Point in the Philippines, which involved a regiment of Seabees. Atlantic Fleet Seabees including MCB 7 worked on new bases at Rota, Spain, and the NATO base at Sigonella, Sicily.
In 1962 MCB 7 was rapidly deployed to Guantanimo Bay, Cuba. This was in support of the Cuba Missile Crisis. In Cuba, MCB 7 built defensive positions for the Marines, bunkers, machine gun and artillery positions, roads and command and communications centers.
In April 1966, MCB 7 began the first of four deployments the battalion would make to Vietnam. The Seabees had a brigade in Vietnam with at least two regiments and at the height of activity had 12 battalions in-country. MCB 7 also was in Bosnia. The Seabee Can Do spirit is legend in war and peace and MCB 7 is a proud bearer of that legend.
Take A Dip
May 12, 2003