A U.S. Navy vessel USS Hershel “Woody” Williams, beneath the command of Captain Chad Graham, has arrived on the shores of Liberia for a routine go to.
In accordance with a press launch, Hershel “Woody” Williams is a United States Navy expeditionary cell base at present working inside the U.S. Sixth Fleet space of duty. It’s named in honor of Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, who acquired the Medal of Honor for actions through the World Struggle II Battle of Iwo Jima.
The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia welcomes Hershel “Woody” Williams to Liberia, because it conducts a recurrently scheduled port go to to strengthen the enduring partnership between america and Liberia. The discharge says the go to additionally kicks off the Embassy’s year-long observance of Liberia’s 174th Independence Day formally held on Monday, July 26, 2021.
U.S. Ambassador Michael McCarthy famous the numerous position U.S. Navy vessels have performed all through Liberia’s historical past, saying, “Within the earliest years of Liberia, their position was formalized by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 – an settlement between america and Nice Britain that established a joint naval system for suppressing the slave commerce off the African coast.
“For the subsequent 20 years, the U.S. Navy intercepted 24 slave-trading vessels and rescued over 5,000 from captivity … Extra not too long ago, stationing the U.S. Navy ships USS Carter Corridor, USS Nashville, and USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Monrovia in 2003 gave extra weight to [former] President Bush’s suggestion that it was time for all times in Liberia to return to regular”, Amb. McCarthy stated.
The discharge disclosed that whereas right here, the U.S. navy members will help in coaching with their Armed Forces of Liberia counterparts through the go to by main a Girls, Peace, and Safety workshop that can spotlight the important position feminine servicemembers play in nationwide safety. These actions mirror the U.S. Authorities’s dedication to making sure the Armed Forces of Liberia are skilled and efficient to be able to shield the rights of all Liberians.
The U.S. Navy has a protracted custom of helping with catastrophe reduction, endeavor medical help missions, and implementing freedom of the seas in worldwide waters. Ship visits like this one, in keeping with the Embassy, show U.S’ dedication to regional stability and maritime safety on this very important area of the world.
In the meantime, U.S. Embassy Monrovia says it’s saddened by the information of the Niko Ivanka sinking on July 17, 2021, and urges Liberian authorities to analyze this incident completely and implement insurance policies that can forestall such a catastrophe from occurring once more.
“We lengthen our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved households and pals of these misplaced. Could they relaxation in peace”, the Embassy expresses. Press Launch