USS Hershel “Woody” Williams enters Mombasa, Kenya
The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived on February 8, 2021 for a port visit in Mombasa, Kenya, to support the operation on the African coast in 2021.
Williams is the first US naval ship to enter the port of Mombasa in over a decade.
“Kenya is a close US strategic partner in Africa,” said Captain Michael Concannon, commander of USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. “Our visit to Mombasa confirms our determination and commitment to maintaining security and stability in Kenya and Africa.”
Visiting the port facilitates contact between Kenyan officials and the military leadership. Participants will tour the ship and learn about the many skills that Hershel “Woody” Williams brings to maritime safety in the area. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tours are only restricted to open spaces on the ship.
“The visit to USS Hershel” Woody “Williams is a sign of the deep and lasting relationship between the United States and Kenya,” said Eric Kneedler, Charge d’Affaires ai, at the US Embassy in Nairobi. “We are grateful for our close military cooperation.”
Williams is currently deployed on the east coast of Africa to demonstrate his growth in strategic partnerships and U.S. commitment to African countries through interoperability training, maritime safety and security to enable freedom of navigation in the region. The ship’s rotation crew change enables unlimited operations in the area of responsibility for Africa.
The ship, based in Souda Bay, Greece, conducts missions of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) with regional partners in the Mediterranean region and in the waters around East, South and West Africa, including the southern Mediterranean. The ship supports missions and security cooperation operations on and around the African continent.
The US Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and maritime operations, often in collaboration with allied and interacting partners to advance US national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.