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By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Heather W. Hines, Makin Island Public Affairs

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS)
-- In an effort to build stronger relationships between surface and land-based Sailors, the crew of Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) hosted a tour for Seabees from Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport on May 18.

NCBC commanding officer, Capt. Van Dobson, and executive officer, Cmdr. Bill Finn, were among the guests invited to tour the ship.

“It was a great tour, and we really appreciate the opportunity to come,” said Dobson. “We’ve got some junior officers who we want to get exposure to different parts of the Navy, and this tour gave them just that.”

Cmdr. Marc Murphy, Makin Island supply officer, said, “This is a great opportunity for us to show off our ship and build stronger relationships within the Navy communities.”

This particular relationship originated in the fall of 2006, when Naval Station Pascagoula was closed under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). With that closure, services that were in immediate area such as Morale, Welfare and Recreation, medical, and the Navy Exchange were realigned and moved approximately 40 miles away to NCBC Gulfport.

Lt. j.g. Jocelyn Loftus-Williams, a Navy judge advocate, enjoyed seeing the ship in the current stage of construction.

“It was interesting to come aboard the ship, see the procedures on how everything is created and see how long it truly takes to complete,” said Loftus-Williams.

Makin Island is currently under construction by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula. As the eighth and final ship in the Wasp-class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships, Makin Island is the first built with an all-electric drive and gas turbine engines. Once commissioned, Makin Island will be homeported in San Diego.

For more news from PCU Makin Island, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/lhd8/.
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