NSWC Panama City Supports MCM Demonstration

October 2, 2019 – As the lead engineering activity for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Packages (MP), the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) provided equipment, personnel, and expertise to demonstrate the modular capability of the MCM MP aboard USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) earlier this month. The demo included embarkation of the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV) with Unmanned Influence Sweep System, the Knifefish Mock-up Unit (KMU), mass models for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection and Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems, the Mission Package Portable…

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Navy Tests Mine Countermeasures on USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

September 19, 2019 – USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) recently completed a three-day voyage in the Chesapeake Bay to test an anti-mine system. The Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship used the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package portable control station to maneuver the MCM equipment and the launch and recovery equipment, as well as to test the command and control of unmanned vehicles. The demonstration proved ESB class ships’ ability to serve as an MCM-capable platform to embark 12 twenty-foot equivalent units, vehicles, and the support equipment…

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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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HWWMOH Foundation Co-Founder, Medal of Honor Recipient Woody Williams Gets a New Ship and a New “Crew”

The last surviving Medal of Honor Recipient from the Pacific theater during WWII and Co-Founder of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation Woody Williams, is gearing up for the Christening of a ship that bears his name. USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams will be the US Navy’s second Expeditionary Sea Base proudly constructed by General Dynamics NASSCO and is set for Christening in San Diego, CA on October 21, 2017. This 784 ft long ship serves as a flexible platform to support mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, as well as supporting MH-53, and MH-60 helicopters…

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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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