O.G. MOORE'S Hospital Well drilling crew makes final adjustment before
beginning the auger of this rig.
Alpha Company's Well Drilling
Team (left to right)
Brown, UTB2, Rowley, UTB3, Moore, EOC, Hodge, SWF2, Huckabay, EOH2,
Gojkovich, SWF3, and Perkins, CMA3, shown at the Covered Storage Dairly
Seabees Aid Port Program (newspaper article)
| CAMP ADENIR, Da Nang (PAO)--Vital to
the success of U.S. Forces in Vietnam is the expansion now under way of
port facilities at Da Nang.
RMK-BRJ, holder of the contract to build three deep-water piers
off Observation Point on the Da Nang East Peninsula, called upon the
well drilling team from Naval Mobile Construction Bn 11 for help.
While dredging provided the desired depth of 42 feet for two of the
piers, blasting was required for the third pier.
With one of the few drilling rigs in the Da Nang area, NMCB 11's
team was called in to drill holes for the blasting of the harbor's
For proper alignment and also as a time-saver, the barge on which
the rig is placed features tracks enabling easy movement to each
drilling position, The holes are drilled in a parallel series of 10, 10
feet apart, 15 feet into the coral which is 30 feet below the surface.
As each hole is drilled, it is capped and marked by a diver of the
team. When all 10 holes are completed. charges are placed and detonated.
Working around the clock, the team has drilled 60 holes with
approximately 60 more to go.
When completed this deep water port facility will greatly increase
Da Nang's cargo-handling capabilities. The port will also provide the
Republic of Vietnam with an improved outlet for world trade.