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NEWS | July 3, 2021

Hershel “Woody” Williams visits Palma de Mallorca, Spain

By U.S. Navy Europe and Africa Public Affairs

(July 3, 2021) – The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for a scheduled port visit, July 2, 2021.


Williams’ liberty port visit to Palma de Mallora provides Sailors the opportunity to relax from underway operations and venture out in town, while ensuring compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and host nation COVID-19 mitigation measures.


The port visit follows Williams’ key leader engagement in Dakar, Senegal, June 21-25, 2021. The engagement demonstrated U.S. commitment to African countries through interoperability training, maritime security and safety to allow for freedom of navigation in the region.


Homeported in Souda Bay, Greece, the ship conducts U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) missions in the Mediterranean and the waters around East, South, and West Africa to include the southern Mediterranean, operating with regional partners. The ship supports security cooperation missions and operations in and around the African continent.


U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.