King City, Missouri man, as member of Seabees, assists in moving Black Hawk helicpoter

Black Hawk Helicopter

Nine Seabees were assigned to a Crane Crew to lift an HH-60L Black Hawk Medevac helicopter in preparation for transport in Gulfport, Mississippi, April 3, 2018.

The lift, done by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1’s Alfa Company Crane Crew, was a new experience and provided the crew with a valuable training opportunity.

“This is the first time I have ever done this, as well as the rest of the guys out here,” said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Tyler Ruiz, from King City, Missouri. “It is great that we were called upon to do this, giving us the experience with lifting this aircraft as well as being able to lend a hand to our fellow service members.”The HH-60L Black Hawk Medevac helicopter, belonging to the 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, was lifted 10 feet into the air and placed down on top of a tractor-trailer bed it for transport out of state.

“We had a smooth lift,” said Chief Equipment Operator Latrice Ware, from Mansfield, Ohio. “I am proud of the cooperation, communication, and teamwork of this crew. Showing our fellow service members what we are capable of and how we can aide them when they are in need is remarkable.”

NMCB 1 is a Seabee Battalion, homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi, that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. NMCB 1 is a part of the Naval Construction Force (NCF) and is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime strategy.

The NCF offers deployable battalions capable of rapidly providing contingency construction, disaster response, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.