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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.

March 1, 2020 USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB 4) moored at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk, Va.

March 7, USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams was redesignated into a commissioned warship USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony aboard the ship in Norfolk, Virginia. Capt. David L. Gray is the first commanding officer and will lead a hybrid crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners.

March 9, The Hershel "Woody" Williams moored at Berth 1, Pier 6 on Naval Station Norfolk; Underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from March 16-23, March 27- April 6, April 9-14 and June 22-27.

July 27, USS Hershel "Woody" Williams departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

August 8, The Hershel "Woody" Williams transited the Strait of Gibraltar eastbound; Arrived off the coast of Naples, Italy, on Aug. 11; Moored at Berth 9/10, Cruise Terminal in Port of Naples from Aug. 13-15; Transited the Strait of Messina southbound on Aug. 16; Moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Crete, from Aug. 18-20; Participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USNS Trenton (EPF 5) on Aug. 20.

From August 20-31, the Hershel "Woody" Williams conducted operations approximately 30-50 n.m. north of Souda Bay; Moored at Berth K10 again from Sept. 1-3; Transited the Strait of Sicily westbound on Sept. 5; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Sept. 8; Moored at Pier 3 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, to refuel from Sept. 9-11.

From September 11-14, the Hershel "Woody" Williams conducted operations in the Gulf of Cadiz; Participated in a PHOTOEX with the RMNS Mohammed V (FFGHM 611), while underway off the northwest coast of Morocco, on Sept. 15.