Much as there has been a lot of speculations about the US Navy ship docked at Mombasa, its officials said the move was to boast maritime security on the Indian security. This was the first Navy ship to dock at the East African coast in over a decade.
Named after world war II veteran and retired Marine corps warrant officer, Hershel Woody Williams, the ship is an Expeditionary Transfer Dock which cost the USA almost 500 million dollars to build between from 2014 until it went into service in 2018. It was later commissioned in March 2020.
Among the specifications of the Navy ship include it’s capability to provide accommodation for at least 250 personnel,
it also has 52,000-square-foot flight deck which enables taking off and landing of aircraft during their operations at sea. The ship has fuel and equipment storage. It houses space for aircrafts and helicopters that are used during thier sea operations.
The Navy ship is under the leadership of Captain David L Gray, who brings on board several years of experience having joined the Navy in 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from ODU and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has also served in different military leadership positions before being given the management of the ship.
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