The 784ft.-long vessel features a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, magazines, repair and … Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the U.S. Navy commissioned in Norfolk, Virginia on March 7, 2020, its newest expeditionary sea base – USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams (ESB 4). USNS HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS (T-ESB 4) (ex - MLP 4) EXPEDITIONARY SEA BASE VESSEL STATUS: Class: ESB 3: UIC: 1001Y: Status: Military Sealift Command (MSC), In Service: Fleet: Date Status Changed: 02/22/2018: Homeport: Maintenance Category: Berth: Force: Support Force: Builder: General Dynamics, National Steel & Shipbuilding Corp. Named for Cpl. The commissioning and deployment of Hershel “Woody” Williams follows USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), which is forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations. Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. Sept. 25, 2020: Gold Crew Commanding Officer and Sailors gathers together to present the Meritorious Service Medal Award to Commander Hoard and also present him with going away gifts. October 2, 2020- Gold Crew gets together to wish Mr. Hershel “Woody” Williams himself a very Happy 97th Birthday via video chat! The USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams is an Expeditionary Sea Base ship that was built and launched in 2017. USNS Montford Point (T-ESD 1), USNS John Glenn (T-ESD 2), USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) and USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) have been delivered to the fleet. NSA Naples supported two separate port visits for Sailors assigned to USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5) and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, respectively. The Hershel "Woody" Williams is the second Montford Point-class expeditionary sea base and the first ship in the U.S. Navy named in honor of Marine Corps Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershel W. Williams who earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on February 23, 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, while assigned to the 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Navy and Marine Corps integration promotes maritime security and stability, projecting power through amphibious operations to ensuring dominance across the battle space from the open seas to the littoral. The Makin Island ARG and Hershel “Woody” Williams are conducting operations in support of U.S. USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB-4) (formerly USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB-4)) is a Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary mobile base (ESB), currently in service with the United States Navy.She is also a sub-variant of the Montford Point-class expeditionary transfer dock (ESD). 25/09/2020 . USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB-4) docked behind Hampton Roads Naval Museum video size: 640x360 730x576 1024x576 1280x720 1920x1080 custom size x Advanced Embed Example Naval Forces Africa. Hershel “Woody” Williams receives MOH . The Williams was built at a cost of about $500 million in 2017, and is the second of three Expeditionary Sea Base ships built for the Navy by a private sector company. In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, the crews enjoyed liberty at Carney Park, an NSA Naples recreational area located in an extinct volcanic crater. With its commissioning, the vessel’s designation changed from a … Miguel Keith is the third platform of the ESB variant, and is scheduled to commission later this year.