BSE USS Herschel “Woody” Williams calls in Mombasa (USN)

Posted on February 12, 2021 at 1:59 PM by

Brian Gicheru Kinyua

Monday, the expeditionary sea base of the US Navy USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrived at the port of Mombasa as part of its deployment to the African coast in 2021.

It is the first US Navy ship in more than a decade to dock in port after the USS Carry visit in 2007.

The United States is Kenya’s biggest bilateral benefactor, especially when it comes to strengthening the maritime security capabilities of the Kenyan Navy and Coast Guard.

“Our visit to Mombasa confirms our determination and commitment to preserve security and stability in Kenya and Africa,” said Captain Michael Concannon, commander of the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams.

Kenya Defense Cabinet Secretary Dr Monica Juma boards USS Herschel “Woody” Williams, February 9 (USN)

The ship is deployed to the eastern coast of Africa to advance U.S. interests in maritime security and stability in Africa. It also supports growing strategic partnerships between the United States and African countries through training and safety for freedom of navigation. With a crew exchange by rotation, Williams leads US Africa Command missions in the Mediterranean, East, West and South Africa.

The visit comes at a time when there is debate about the growing influence of the Chinese navy in Africa, but the capacity-building efforts of the United States – especially in maritime security – remain phenomenal. Since 2003, the US Department of Defense has provided the Kenyan Navy with more than $ 161 million in material assistance and equipment training; $ 3 million in professional development; and more than $ 1 million in maintenance upgrades for naval equipment, according to the United States Embassy in Nairobi.

In 2018, the United States completed its largest maritime security cooperation program in sub-Saharan Africa with the donation of 10 Metal Shark boats, thus strengthening the maritime outreach capacity of the Kenyan Navy and supporting the economy. Kenya blue.