Exercise Obangame Express 2022 Set to Begin

Obangame Express (OE22), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western Africa, will kick off its 11th year with 32 participating nations at an opening ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, Mar. 11, 2022. Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), OE22 is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Trains with Italian Navy

March 11, 2021 – Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) was joined by the Italian navy’s Carlo Bergamini-class frigate Luigi Rizzo (F595) off the western coast of Africa on Mar. 11, 2021. The exercise emphasized helicopter and maritime proficiency while improving interoperability between long-standing allied nations. “Today’s interoperability exercise with the Italian frigate featured complex helicopter operations…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams and Tunisian Navy Exercise Maritime Security Capabilities

November 25, 2020 – USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) and Tunisian Navy partners conducted joint maritime operations to enhance maritime security, critical lifesaving capabilities, force readiness, and Tunisia’s ability to protect its maritime borders, November 23-24. Hershel “Woody” Williams participated in a simulation of suspicious merchant activity that enabled partners at the Tunisian Regional Operation Centers to exercise their…

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