SAN DIEGO -- The crew of Naval Beach Group ONE (NBG-1) paused to celebrate their 65th anniversary of the command’s commissioning with a beach run followed by the cleanup of the beach at the Silver Strand Training Complex.
Commissioned in July of 1948, the establishment of NBG-1 was a direct response to the island hopping campaign of World War II. Throughout the years the configuration of the command has changed to fit its mission. In its current configuration the Beach Group Commands include Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE (PHIBCB-1) commissioned in 1943, Assault Craft Unit ONE (ACU-1) commissioned in 1947, Beachmaster Unit ONE commissioned 1949, Assault Craft Unit FIVE (ACU-5) commissioned in 1983, and most recently Naval Beach Unit SEVEN (NBU-7), commissioned in 2012.
In the wake of World War II, the Navy recognized the need for a single organization to organize, train and serve as experts in amphibious operations to better prepare US Naval amphibious forces for the future. Since its commissioning, NBG-1 has met that need. NBG-1 and its subordinate commands have completed operations ranging from the amphibious assaults in Korea and Vietnam, to the evacuation of refugees, and delivery of humanitarian assistance, expertly executing ship-to-shore movement throughout the world. NBG-1 has earned a Presidential Unit Citation and Korea Service Medal for action with First Marine Division in Korea, Meritorious Unit Citation and Vietnam Service Medal for missions in Southeast Asia from 1965-1969, and Navy Unit Commendation for Desert Shield, Desert Strom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Today, NBG-1 trains and certifies detachments to embark in amphibious ships, as part of an Assault Echelon, and deploys personnel and equipment as the core of the Naval Support Element during Assault Follow-On Echelon operations. NBG-1 Sailors still operate with same commitment day in day out as their counterparts who proudly served the Navy-Marine Corps combat team over the last 65 years.
Naval Beach Group ONE routinely participates in Fleet and Theater exercises (RIMPAC, FOAL EAGLE, COBRA GOLD, CARAT, C/JLOTS, and TALISMAN SABRE) and provides a wide variety of support services at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado.
Throughout a history, from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, Naval Beach Group ONE operated as the unifying force of Navy and Marine Corps Team, epitomizing the traditional amphibious force motto, “United We Land” with skill, professionalism, and dedication.