Hershel “Woody” Williams Visits Namesake

From Commander, Military Sealift Command Hershel “Woody” Williams Visit Recently we were privileged to host Hershel “Woody” Williams at two events at Norfolk Naval Station. Mr. Williams toured his namesake ship, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4), and spoke to a large audience at our Waypoint speaker series September 5th. Mr. Williams joined the U.S. Marine Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and received the Medal of Honor for actions during the battle of Iwo Jima. He is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from that historic battle.…

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USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives at Naval Station Norfolk

The U.S. Navy’s newest expeditionary sea base (ESB), USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, July 5, after completing its 15,000 nautical mile maiden voyage from San Diego, California. USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command in February 2018 and is the Navy’s second, purpose-built ESB. The first ESB is USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) which is currently operating in the Middle East. “Our voyage from California to Virginia was very unusual because most modern ships use the Panama…

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USNS Hershel Williams Completes Integrated Trials

USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (T-ESB 4), successfully completed the first Integrated Trials for an Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship Jan. 19, sailing from and returning to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego. Integrated Trials combine Builder’s and Acceptance Trials, allowing for the shipyard to demonstrate to the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey the operational capability and mission readiness of all the ship’s systems during a single underway period. During trials, the shipbuilder conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate the performance of all of the…

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MSC Commander Speaks at USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Christening Ceremony in San Diego

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, commander, Military Sealift Command, served as a speaker at the christening of the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, expeditionary staging base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Oct. 21. Mewbourne was one of five speakers that included Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, Rear Adm. William J. Galinis, Program Executive Officer, Ships, Gloria Valdez and keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Eric M. Smith, commanding general, 1st Marine Division. The…

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A Successful Float-Out for USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams

On Saturday, August 19, General Dynamics NASSCO successfully completed the float-out for USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, the second Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) to be constructed by the U.S. Navy by NASSCO shipbuilders. A float-out occurs when a ship is ready to be moved from NASSCO’s graving dock to one of NASSCO’s piers for the next phase of construction. It is a lengthy and carefully-coordinated process that begins months in advance and requires the detailed attention of several departments and outside agencies. As part of the process, seawater flows into the…

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