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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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Astakos, Greece

November 1, 2020 – The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Astakos, Greece, Nov. 1 following a 43-day underway period supporting U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). The ship worked alongside North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allies and partners participating in six maritime evolutions, one major multinational exercise, and at-sea refueling operations. “Our recent operations have shown…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams returns to Souda Bay

September 1, 2020 – The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility, returned in port Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine logistics stop, Sep. 1, 2020. This is Hershel “Woody” Williams second visit to Souda Bay. The ship previously arrived in port Souda Bay,…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Naples

Aug. 13, 2020 – The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in port Naples, Italy, for a routine logistics stop, Aug. 13, 2020. The ship, which is the second of a new class of sea-basing ships, departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on July 27, for its inaugural deployment following its commissioning in March. Its crew consists…

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