Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 and Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 teamed with the Tanzanian People’s Defense Force (TPDF) to place 14 precast concrete pads of what will be a 52 by 223-foot boat ramp, June 9.
The boat ramp project serves to support Cutlass Express, one of the four major U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet exercises in Africa, and enhance the Tanzanian naval forces’ ability to achieve maritime security.
“The relationships we have forged with the Tanzanians, and TPDF especially, will transcend any physical projects we establish here for generations,” said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Tausilia Amoa. “Our progress has become an inspiration to each of us here.”
NMCB 4, based in Port Hueneme, Calif., and UCT 1, based in Virginia Beach, Va., have been working since early March on the ramp at the Tanzanian navy base in Kigamboni with their counterparts from the TPDF. The boat ramp is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
Upon completion, the ramp will contribute to allowing the Tanzania navy boats to be more operationally ready and in turn more capable of ensuring maritime security.
The laying of the concrete block, a keystone of the project, was made possible due to the teamwork of the Seabees and TPDF members ashore and UCT divers laying the block underwater, plus the steady hands of a crane operator.
“The resultant accomplishment was an outstanding example of expeditionary sea-to-shore construction and the proper application of operational risk management,” said Chief Steelworker Jason Lum.
The project now continues in its final stages. Those involved are appreciative not only for the chance to complete a challenging project but to also build a strong partnership with their Tanzania counterparts.
“This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Lt. j.g. Prince Abubakari, NMCB 4 Tanzania detachment officer in charge. “Being here has increased their trust in the United States, our partnership, and fostered an environment of camaraderie and cooperation.”