Army dive engineers save tax payer dollars and gain skills by removing pilings in Morehead City

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Army dive engineers spent their morning in Morehead City clearing pilings from the waterway in hopes of gaining valuable skills and also saving tax payers money.

The army dive team stationed in Fort. Eustis traveled over four hours to Carteret County to answer the community’s need all while getting some underwater training.

Soldiers of the 5-11th Engineer Dive Attachment gave a helping hand to folks at the Army Reserve in Morehead City this week.

The team removed roughly a dozen pilings weighing more than ten thousand pounds each.

The concrete columns were blocking a pier the Army Reserve uses to port vessels.

Now, the Army Reserve is able to provide better response times by having more than one vessel at their Morehead City location.

The reservists aren’t the only ones benefiting, the Army Dive Team was able to receive valuable training they’ll need in their upcoming deployment.

“We may face the same type of tasks when we’re overseas if we need to open up a port that’s blocked by some sort of foreign ship being sunk,” said Grant Rice, the Executive Officer of the team.

Removing the pilings also saves your tax payer dollars by nearly 50 thousand dollars in costs.

This number would nearly double if the government had to hire a private contractor to complete the removal.

Because this mission was so successful for the dive teams training, they plan on coming back in the future to train with their equipment to remove more pilings and to open another area of the pier for the Army Reserve.

The 5-11th Engineer Dive Attachment deploys in the coming months. They are expected to serve our country overseas for at least nine months.

Other soldiers from their unit will return to Morehead City to remove more pilings.

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