Textron Aerosonde® Small UAS Makes First Flight off a DDG

Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. company, announced today the successful first flight and maritime integration of the Aerosonde® Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) on a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG). The integration follows a September 2021 award by the U.S. Navy of a multi-year Aerosonde task order for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services aboard two DDGs.…

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DLA Europe Supports USS Hershel “Woody” Williams

Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Europe and Africa provided operational subsistence support to the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams from August 10 to November 1 this year. Packages were delivered during four port calls in Accra, Ghana; Bradbury, Angola; Cape Town, South Africa; and Cotati, Seychelles. During this timeframe, the ship conducted operations to promote maritime security by maintaining a presence…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Voyage Repairs in South Africa

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the first Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) to complete a voyage repair (VR) availability in South Africa, Oct. 11, 2021. South Africa is an important partner of the United States in promoting peace and security in Africa. Both South Africa and the United States rely on maritime shipping, and free and secure sea-lanes for economic prosperity.…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Namibia

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Walvis Bay, Namibia for a regularly scheduled port visit, September 15, 2021. The visit will include engagement opportunities with Namibia’s government and military leaders. Namibia is an important partner of the United States in promoting peace and security in Africa. “We are excited to visit Walvis Bay and work…

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Brazilian and US Navies Take Part in Inaugural Operation Guinex

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) participated in the first iteration of the Brazilian-led, Gulf of Guinea exercise called Operation Guinex with the Brazilian Frigate Independencia, August 23, 2021. Guinex is the first exercise off of Africa’s Atlantic coast to have participation by both U.S. and Brazilian naval vessels. The engagement highlights the U.S. and Brazil’s shared…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Returns to Ghana

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Tema, Ghana for a scheduled port visit, Auguest 12, 2021. Members of Ghana’s Special Boat Squadron embarked Hershel “Woody” Williams earlier this month to participate in a maritime security capabilities exercise with partners in the Gulf of Guinea. “It was great having our Ghanaian embarkees aboard to interact with…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Conducts Interoperability Exercises During Phoenix Express 2021

May 28, 2021 – USS Hershel “Woody Williams (ESB-4) conducts interoperability exercises with Algerian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Spanish, and Tunisian Naval forces during the at-sea portion of exercise Phoenix Express in the Mediterranean Sea, May 25, 2021. “These exercises provide a great opportunity to demonstrate interoperability between our forces and further deepen our countries’ military-to-military relationship,” said Capt. Michael E. Concannon,…

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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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