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USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB 4)

- formerly MLP 4


USNS HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS is one of the Expeditionary Sea Base Ships derived from the MONTFORD POINT - class Expeditionary Transfer Docks. Initially designated as Mobile Landing Platform Ships (MLP), US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially announced the creation of a new ship designation effective September 4, 2015, and the HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS was redesignated T-ESB 4. The HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS is the first ship in the Navy named after Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, a US Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 19, 2014
Keel laid: December 18, 2015
Launched: August 19, 2017
Delivered: February 22, 2018
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: Diesel-Electric
Propellers: two
Length: 785 feet (239.3 meters)
Beam: 164 feet (50 meters)
Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)
Light Displacement: approx. 39,900 tons
Speed: 15 knots
Armament: none
Crew: approx. 34 MSC personnel plus approx. 250 military personnel (depending on mission)


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on November 10, 2017.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on December 29, 2017.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HERSHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on September 21, 2018.



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