The USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams was Christened at General Dynamics NASSCO

Posted at 10:56 AM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-22 13:58:18-04

On Saturday, the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) was Christened at General Dynamics NASSCO.

The ship’s namesake, CWO-4 Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, USMC (Ret.), is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Watch the video to see what made one of our nation’s bravest war heroes break down in tears. 

The 784-foot-long expeditionary sea base ship will feature a 52,000 square foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, and mission-planning spaces. Able to accommodate up to 250 people, she will support multiple missions including air mine counter measures, counter-piracy, maritime security, humanitarian aid and disaster-relief, and crisis response.