Installation Info: Zip Code: 39501, Area Code: 228, DSN: 868
The Seabees have played an integral role in U.S. Navy history. The Naval Construction Battalion Center, in Gulfport, Miss., continues the tradition and role today. First established in 1942 as an Advanced Base Depot, the mission of the facility changed to a training center toward the end of WWII. It further changed in 1945 when it was designated the U.S. Naval Storehouse. Presently, the mission is to prepare for and support the mobilization of active-duty and Reserve construction forces as well as preserve and store a variety of construction equipment and materials.
Recreational activities include arts and crafts, bowling, a library, golf gym, tennis and auto hobby center. Gulfport has become increasingly popular over the years as a major tourist attraction. Home to some of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast, Gulfport and nearby Biloxi have also become major casino and entertainment sites. Saltwater fishing is plentiful as well as the variety of community opportunities and cultural events.