MAPUTO, Mozambique, October 16, 2021 / APO Group / –
The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Expeditionary Maritime Base (ESB 4) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique for a scheduled stopover on October 15, 2021. This is the first call by a US Navy ship since 2011 and shows the strengthening of the partnership between the United States of America and Republic of Mozambique.
During the three-day visit, Navy sailors will interact with Mozambican military and government officials and conduct a navy-to-navy exchange.
“Our ability to conduct this level of military cooperation is testament to the strength of the strategic partnership between our countries,” said Dennis W. Hearne, US Ambassador to Mozambique. “We share a common interest in ensuring the safety, security and freedom of navigation in southern Africa, which is essential for Mozambique’s prosperity.
“My crew are very excited to visit Mozambique, learn about its culture and have a positive impact in Maputo while we are here,” said Captain Chad Graham, Commanding Officer of USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. “The partnership with Mozambique is a point of pride for the navy, as the cooperation strengthens our commitment to maritime safety and security in the Western Indian Ocean. “
The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the first warship permanently assigned to the US Africa Command area of responsibility. For more than 70 years, the forces of the U.S. Sixth Fleet have forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, and have consolidated a foundation of shared values, experiences and vision aimed at preserving security and stability. The 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, to advance national interests, the security and stability of the United States. United States in Europe and Africa.
The United States shares a common interest with African partner countries in ensuring the safety, security and freedom of navigation in the waters surrounding the continent. Mozambique is an essential partner in maintaining peace and stability in the region, in particular maritime security along the Indian Ocean. Mozambique participated in the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express in 2019 and August 2021 and is a long-standing participant in the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. These types of exercises strengthen partnerships and allow the two countries to work together on common transnational maritime challenges.
There is a long history of security cooperation between the United States and Mozambique. Recent US-Mozambique security cooperation includes regular Combined Exchange Training Programs (JCETs) between US Special Operations Forces and Mozambican Commandos and Fuzileiros. In addition to combat training, the United States provides life-saving combat casualty care and civil-military training.
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