On the deck of the Hershel “Woody” Williams: (l-r) Appearing U.S. Consul Basic Will Stevens, U.S. Commanding Officer, Capt. Michael Concannon, and SA Navy Rear Admiral Andre de Moist.
The U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Cape City, South Africa for a port go to, Feb. 20, 2021. Williams is the second U.S. ship to cease in Cape City within the final 12 months. The usCarney final visited in March of 2020 after being at sea for thirty days. Each stops construct on the worldwide maritime partnerships with African nations and enhance maritime security and safety within the area.
Appearing U.S. Consul Basic in Cape City, Will Stevens, joined South African protection officers and the united statesHershel’s commanding officer and crew on board the ship on February twenty fifth and delivered these remarks:
“Captain Concannon, Captain De Moist, Distinguished members of the media. It’s an honor to be right here with you immediately.
This week’s go to of the united statesHerschel Williams is one more indication of the deep and broad partnership between america and South Africa. It is a partnership that builds shared prosperity, saves lives, and creates safety each right here in South Africa and across the African continent.
Ships like the united statesHerschel Williams are the spine of America’s dedication to contributing not simply to our personal safety however to making sure the world’s oceans stay free and open.
From California to Cape City, the U.S. naval presence has ensured freedom of navigation because the finish of the Second World Battle. This freedom of navigation has made doable probably the most dramatic interval of financial progress and poverty discount within the historical past of the world.
We mustn’t ever take without any consideration the safety of our seas. With over 90% of world commerce touring the world’s oceans, seaborne commerce is the life blood of world commerce. South Africa, because the Western gateway to the Indian Ocean, and an vital continental exporter, performs a essential function in guaranteeing secure and safe maritime entry to this area.
And let me be clear, we wish to see progress in commerce, not simply by the U.S.’ African Progress and Alternative Act, but additionally globally, such that incomes can rise and poverty can scale back worldwide. However to make that occur, we additionally want to guard the technique of commerce.
That’s the reason america is keen to work with South Africa and like-minded companions in southern Africa and the broader Indo-Pacific area, to make sure this area, the Western reaches of the Indian Ocean, might be free from piracy, unlawful fishing, terrorism, and different transnational threats.
Just some weeks in the past, we celebrated the launch of an official Commerce and Funding Promotion Partnership between america and the Western Cape. This thrilling new partnership will reinforce and elevate the already strong commerce and funding connections between america and the Western Cape. I’m assured that we’ll see will increase to the already 15 billion rand in annual bilateral commerce between our nations – commerce that’s solely doable due to this safe port and the secure and safe sea lanes that encompass it.
I’m proud that america is such a powerful associate for South Africa on well being, commerce and funding, and safety. This week’s go to by the united statesWilliams is another step in bolstering our already sturdy safety cooperation, a partnership that’s mutually useful and can result in larger prosperity and safety for each our nations.”