Naval Base at Souda Bay in Crete welcomes USS Hershel “Woody” Williams

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrived at the US Naval Base at Souda Bay, in Crete, early on Tuesday morning.

The ship, which is the second of a new class of sea-basing ships, set sail from Virginia on July 27, for its inaugural deployment following its commissioning in March. Last week, US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt tweeted that USS Hershel “Woody” Williams will be arriving in Greece after stopping in Naples for a routine logistics stop.

Its crew consists of a mix of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners.

At 230 meters, the ship features a 4,830 square-meter four-spot flight deck. Further features include a hangar, mission deck, and work and living spaces for hundreds of embarked personnel.

It is named after Marine Corps veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams, known for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on Oct. 5, 1945.