The US Naval Warship has departed Mombasa and latest news indicates that it has docked at Cape Town in South Africa.
The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on Feb. 20, 2021 for a planned port visit.
The visit builds on U.S. maritime partnerships with African nations and improves maritime safety and security in the region.
According to a statement, “USS Hershel “Woody” Williams’ manning and maintenance model maximizes our availability and ensures our persistent presence in African waters,” said Commanding Officer, Capt. Michael Concannon.
“Important port cities, like Cape Town, are critical to global trade. As coastal nations, both South Africa and the United States rely on maritime shipping and free and secure sea lanes for economic prosperity.”
The ship was in Mombasa prior to it’s visit to Cape Town. When it docked in Mombasa, a section of members of Uganda’s opposition begun creating all kinds of theories about its presence.
The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the second U.S. ship to stop in Cape Town in the last 12 months. The USS Carney had a port visit with public events in Seychelles just before coming to Cape Town in March of 2020.
“As we are for trade and investment, the United states is a strong security partner for South Africa,” said Acting U.S. Consul General in cape town, Will Stevens,” This visit by the USS Hershel “Woody Williams is one more step in bolstering our already strong security cooperation.”