Seabee Days set June 23, 24 at NBVC Port Hueneme
Santa Paula News
Published: June 20, 2007
Join the U.S. Navy Seabees Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, for Seabee Days at the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme.
Join the U.S. Navy Seabees Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, for Seabee Days at the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme. Admission and parking are free.
This year’s celebration will mark the 21st Seabee Days where the community is invited aboard NBVC Port Hueneme for a first-hand look at the Navy’s construction engineers. Seabee Days highlights the mission and accomplishments of the men and women of the Naval Construction Force, affectionately known as the Seabees.
Seabee Days will feature demonstrations of Seabee construction skills, static displays of construction equipment, weapons and field camp construction plus some of the latest in Seabee heavy equipment. In addition, ship tours, hands-on displays and demonstrations by Navy and Marine Corps units, a wide variety of children’s activities and lots of free entertainment will be ongoing throughout the weekend.
“Seabee Days is our opportunity to show the public what the Seabees are doing to support our Navy and nation,” said Capt. Kelly Schmader, Commander, Thirty-First Seabee Readiness Group.
“Today, our Seabees are deployed across the globe. This past year Seabees have provided construction and force protection in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan; continued support to Joint Task Force Horn of Africa such as drilling water wells, improving schools, clinics and camp facilities; and assisted with flood recovery operations in Ethiopia. I’d like to invite everyone to come to Seabee Days, meet some of the fine Seabee men and women who support our nation every day and enjoy a weekend of fun family activities,” added Schmader.
Seabee Days kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. with a full dress military parade as more than 600 Seabees march out onto the Parade Field accompanied by the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton, Calif. The parade will conclude with a fly-over by Navy aircraft and a machine gun demonstration.
Seabee Days will offer a wide variety of entertainment throughout the weekend. The main stage will feature everything from blues to classic rock, with live music Saturday by Teresa Russell and Cocobilli, Dave Storm & the Thunder Creek Band and Arlene Kole. Sunday will include alternative and progressive rock with performances by eight different bands highlighted by well-known rock band Veruca Salt.
Duke’s stage features family friendly acts including a magic show, hula dancers, jugglers show and music by Channel Islands Drumline. Also featured are a Classic Car Show on Saturday, and a Poker Run and Motorcycle Show, and Karaoke Competition on Sunday.
A U. S. Navy ship, a Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser, will give visitors a first-hand view of some of the Navy’s finest ships and Sailors. Tours are Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guests must first sign up for ship tours the day of the tour at the Ship Tour/Information Booth located at the event. Sign-ups begin at 9 a.m. Please note the number of tours is limited. Ship tour tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. All persons touring the ship must be present at the Ship Tour/Information Booth to receive a ticket.
Ship tour restrictions include: guests 16 and older must show a valid photo ID: a guest with a photo ID must accompany minor children; closed toe shoes are recommended; strollers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the tours; no photography aboard ship.
Ship tours guests will be transported via bus from the event site. Due to security, privately owned vehicles will not be allowed to drive to the port.
The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, open throughout the weekend, is debuting a new exhibition called “From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of Charting America’s Coasts” created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibit celebrates the history, accomplishments and scientific contributions of the nation’s first federally funded science agency NOAA, and will highlight the contributions of the Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps to the field of surveying, including significant people, tools and technology of the trades, and case studies of Seabee ingenuity.Please note that NBVC Port Hueneme has heightened security measures in place. All vehicles and personnel entering the base are subject to search. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: coolers, backpacks, skateboards, bicycles, glass containers, pets, alcohol and weapons. The cooperation of our guests is greatly appreciated.
For more information on Seabee Days and schedule of events, please visit the Seabee Days web page at www.nbvc.navy.mil/seabeedays or call the information line at (805) 982-6000. Admission and parking are free. Enter at the Victoria or Patterson gate. Gates open at 9 a.m.