Tag Archives: USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4)

OPNAV N95: Expeditionary Sea Bases Ideal Ships to Operate Mine Countermeasure Mission Packages

OPNAV N95: Expeditionary Sea Bases Ideal Ships to Operate Mine Countermeasure Mission Packages

Capt. David Gray, the military detachment officer in charge of the Military Sealift Command expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4), gives guidance and direction to Sailors while leading a training evolution aboard one of the ship’s ridged-hull inflatable boats while the ship was at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 15, 2019. Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is conducting mine countermeasures equipment testing. US Navy photo.

It’s growing more likely that components of the mine countermeasures mission package designed for the Littoral Combat Ship small combatant will end up also fielded on the Navy’s massive Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea bases, the director of expeditionary warfare (OPNAV N95) said this week. Read More

USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams In Eastern Mediterranean for Training as Greece-Turkey Tensions Continue

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams In Eastern Mediterranean for Training as Greece-Turkey Tensions Continue

The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) departs Porto Napoli for its inaugural deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations after stopping for fuel and supplies, Aug. 15, 2020. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s second expeditionary sea base is starting training operations with regional partners off Greece this week, even as the Eastern Mediterranean has been a place of tension between NATO allies in recent weeks. Read More

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Makes Port Stop in Naples

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Makes Port Stop in Naples

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4) leaving San Diego, Calif. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct an incorrect photo caption indicating USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4) was arriving in Naples, Italy. It was leaving San Diego.

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) pulled into Naples, Italy today for a stop on its first deployment. Read More

Expeditionary Seabase USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Deploys for AFRICOM

Expeditionary Seabase USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Deploys for AFRICOM

Capt. David Gray, the military detachment officer in charge of the Military Sealift Command expeditionary sea base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4), gives guidance and direction to Sailors while leading a training evolution aboard one of the ship’s ridged-hull inflatable boats while the ship was at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 15, 2019. Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is conducting mine countermeasures equipment testing. US Navy photo.

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) kicked off its first deployment today, leaving Virginia for an extended deployment primarily to U.S. Africa Command. Read More

VIDEO: Navy Commissions USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams

VIDEO: Navy Commissions USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershel “Woody” Williams (Ret.) reflects on what took place on Iwo Jima at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 17, 2018. US Marine Corps

The Navy commissioned Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) during a ceremony in Norfolk on Saturday. Read More

Navy Will Commission All Expeditionary Sea Bases as USS Warships

Navy Will Commission All Expeditionary Sea Bases as USS Warships

Miguel Keith (ESB-5) departs General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in San Diego, Calif. During the weeklong acceptance trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate and evaluate the performance of all of the ship’s major systems in 2019. NASSCO photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy will now commission all of its Expeditionary Sea Base ships to allow them to conduct a broader and more lethal mission set, compared to original plans for them as Military Sealift Command ships with a USNS designation. Read More