SEABEE BATTALION TURNOVER
AND TOOL MANAGEMENT
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify the tasks required to turn over and accept a
Seabee camp from one battalion to another; describe the methods used in the tool
The crew leader must be concerned with a variety
of items during a turnover. Good use of time available
during a turnover will make for a smooth deployment
startup. The most important part of a successful turnover
is displaying a professional attitude!
Battalion personnel definitely make lasting
impressions. These impressions, whether good or bad,
are based on conduct during the turnover. Outgoing
battalions must be concerned about getting the incoming
battalion off to the best possible start. Incoming
battalions must be concerned with protecting the
reputation of the outgoing battalion after they are gone.
This good start and good reputation are much more
important than any competition between battalions.
People outside the NCF often have a misconception of
Seabees and their competitive nature. Just remember,
our customers are not Seabees. Blaming problems of
quality or timeliness of construction on a previous
battalion accomplishes nothing. It is unprofessional and
harmful. Do not give our customers the impression that
the NCF, as a whole, is a less than professional organi-
zation. Derogatory statements or signs concerning other
battalions cannot be tolerated. A professional attitude
must begin at the uppermost level. The main purpose of
a turnover is to turn over custody of project files,
equipment, and tools from the outgoing battalion to the
incoming battalion. Keep this purpose in mind, act
professionaly, and Seabees and their customers will all
PREDEPLOYMENT TRIPS AND
Before the deployment of the battalion main body
from home port, two significant groups of battalion
personnel deploy to the future deployment sites. These
two groups are primarily involved in preparing for the
arrival of the main body. They make sure that plans are
updated and the mission execution phase can begin upon
arrival of the main body. This section of the chapter
covers the predeployment trips, the advance parties, and
some valuable checklists for items that must be
considered during each of these evolutions. The
2ndNCB/3rdNCBINST 5400.9 series and 4650.1 series
govern these evolutions.
Approximately 3 or 4 months before the deploy-
ment of the main body, a group of selected battalion
personnel conduct a predeployment visit to all the sites
involved in the upcoming deployment. The visit is
intended primarily to provide the relieving battalion
with an idea of the facilities, the available equipment,
and the current and projected status of projects. This
visit also allows the relieving battalion an opportunity
to meet key members of each command at each site and
review the initial planning efforts of the battalion. To get
the desired predeployment trip results, follow these
steps before departure:
Review the existing OPORDER/OPLANs for
the particular sites to determine likely situations
to be encountered.
Make preliminary organizational assignments
and determine site-peculiar requirements.
Develop a preliminary organizational and
resource allocation plan using a listing of con-
struction and military tasks to be accomplished.
Review all plans, specifications, material
listings, and project schedules for developing a
total construction plan.
Make an analysis of available and projected
availability of resources (personnel, material,
equipment, facilities, time) with specific ques-
tions formulated to evaluate uncertainties.