By Megan Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach
GULFPORT, Miss. – Since 1942, sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Construction Force have been building and fighting around the world. Constructionman Isaiah Moretti, a Chapel Hill, Tennessee, native is one of those sailors.
Eighty years ago, members of Navy Construction Battalions were fittingly nicknamed, “Seabees,” a play on the C and B initials. They are responsible for building military bases and airfields, supporting humanitarian efforts and conducting underwater construction projects.
“I joined the Navy because it is a family tradition,” said Moretti. “It’s also something I knew I could do.”
Moretti, a 2021 Forrest High School graduate, currently serves with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One at the headquarters for naval construction forces in Gulfport, Mississippi.
“I want to thank my parents because my dad has been active for 21 years,” said Moretti. “My grandfathers from both sides were in the Navy. My grandfather on my dad’s side was also an equipment operator, which is the same job I have in the Navy.”
According to Moretti, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Chapel Hill.
“My hometown taught me respect because it is a small town,” said Moretti. “You have to learn to get along with people and respect them. Even if you don’t like them, you will eventually see them again.”
Serving in the Navy means Moretti is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on strengthening alliances, modernizing capabilities, increasing capacities and maintaining military readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“We don’t need an order from Congress to move,” said Moretti. “Infrastructure on the Seabees’ side is one of the most important aspects to keep the world turning.”
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize the importance of accelerating America’s advantage at sea.
“Maintaining the world’s best Navy is an investment in the security and prosperity of the United States, as well as the stability of our world,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “The U.S. Navy—forward deployed and integrated with all elements of national power—deters conflict, strengthens our alliances and partnerships, and guarantees free and open access to the world’s oceans. As the United States responds to the security environment through integrated deterrence, our Navy must continue to deploy forward and campaign with a ready, capable, combat-credible fleet.”
Moretti and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I am most proud of shooting expert on both my rifle and pistol marksmanship,” said Moretti.
As Moretti and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in continuing an 80-year legacy and serving their country in the United States Navy.
“Being in the Navy means service to others above self,” added Moretti.
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