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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 3:06 p.m. PST

….a Floating Swiss Army Knife.

"The USNS Herschel "Woody" Williams is neither fast nor heavily armed. And while she may look like a commercial cargo ship, the Navy's new vessel is also one of the most useful ships in the entire U.S. military.

Called an "expeditionary mobile base," the Woody Williams can do just about any job, whether that means supporting a fleet of minesweepers or potentially hosting F-35B Joint Strike Fighters. The Williams was recently christened by builder General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) and is set to join the fleet soon…"
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john snelling19 Jan 2018 5:41 p.m. PST

strange looking ship

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 6:19 p.m. PST

Here is a talk by CNO on the MLP concept. She can be ballasted to list to the side and allow LCACs to climb aboard. The new one has a nice flight deck to add to the capabilities.


28mm Fanatik19 Jan 2018 6:38 p.m. PST

Looks almost like a converted supertanker.

mandt2 Inactive Member19 Jan 2018 8:25 p.m. PST

A modern day "jeep" carrier.

Lion in the Stars19 Jan 2018 9:53 p.m. PST

Looks almost like a converted supertanker.

*IS* a converted tanker.

Unglamorous but critical job in the fleet, though!

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 Jan 2018 10:00 p.m. PST

Wow. Well, as long as it does what it's supposed to do, who am I do knock it.


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

Not "ugly", but "industrial".



zoneofcontrol Inactive Member20 Jan 2018 6:47 a.m. PST

Inside of every ugly duckling is a swan waiting to get out. Just ask the guys/gals ashore looking for equipment, supplies and support.

Allen5720 Jan 2018 7:31 a.m. PST

Warships get all the interest but the support vessels are critical to operations. There are more of them than warships.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 10:40 a.m. PST



SouthernPhantom20 Jan 2018 9:00 p.m. PST

Practical is not always sexy. Floating Swiss Army Knife is right…I'd rather the Navy buy a few of these than a handful of surface combatants.

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