Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme

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CBC Port Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California
Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme Insignia (11P0013).jpg
CBC Port Hueneme Insignia
Type Military base
Site information
Controlled by United States Navy
Site history
In use May 18, 1942 - 2000 (merged into Naval Base Ventura County)
Garrison information
Past
commanders
Captain James J. McHugh, USN

Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme is the West Coast homeport of the Navy’s Seabees (from "C.B.", the initials for "Construction Battalion"). Port Hueneme (pronounced "Why-nee-mee"), supports the training and mobilization requirements for more than 2,600 active-duty personnel. The CBC also operates the 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) Naval Base Ventura County - Port Hueneme installation. The CBC is located on the vast agricultural Oxnard Plain, about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Los Angeles, on the Southern California coast.

In 2000, the center merged with nearby Naval Air Station Point Mugu to form Naval Base Ventura County.

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History[edit]

CBC Port Hueneme insignia

The facility at Port Hueneme was built as a temporary depot in the early days of World War II to train, stage, and supply the newly created Seabees. The base was officially established and began operating May 18, 1942 as the Advance Base Depot. In 1945 the Advance Base Depot was renamed the Naval Construction Battalion Center.[1]

During the Korean War, almost all Navy construction equipment and supplies for the war were routed through CBC Port Hueneme.[1]

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum[edit]

Located on Naval Base Ventura County is the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, one of fifteen official U.S. Navy museums.[2] The museum is the principal repository for the Seabees’ operational history. The Seabee Archive contains various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers pertaining to the Seabees.[2]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NBVC History". Naval Base Ventura County. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Navy Seabee Museum webpage. Naval History & Heritage Command official website. Retrieved 2010-03-09.

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