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ESB completes first integrated trials

25th January 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams has completed its first integrated trials, the US Naval Sea Systems Command announced on 23 January.

The ship completed the trials on 19 January while sailing from and returning to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding shipyard in San Diego.

Integrated trials combine builder’s and acceptance trials, allowing the shipyard to demonstrate to the navy’s Board Of Inspection And Survey the operational capability and mission readiness of all the ship’s systems during a single underway period.

During trials, the shipbuilder conducted tests to demonstrate the performance of all major systems.

Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is the second ship of the ESB variant. ESBs have a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9,500 nautical miles. The ship can hold 350,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel and 100,000 gallons of potable water.

Acting as an ESB, the vessel is optimised to support a variety of maritime missions including special operations force and airborne mine counter measures. The ship includes a four-spot flight deck and hangar and is designed around four core capabilities: berthing, aviation facilities, equipment staging support, and command and control assets.

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