Tension as US Navy docks in Kenya to over look East Africa security

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Tension as US Navy docks in Kenya to over look East Africa security. Whisper Eye News

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Mombasa, Kenya on Monday, February 8, 2021, in support of its 2021 African coast deployment.

Williams is the first USA naval ship to dock at the port of Mombasa in over a decade.

“Kenya is a close US strategic partner in Africa,” said Capt. Michael Concannon, commanding officer, USS Hershel “Woody” Williams.

“Our visit to Mombasa confirms our resolve and commitment to the preservation of security and stability in Kenya and Africa.”

Many Ugandans mainly on opposition, are optimistic, arguing that the US, is closely watch security issues in Uganda during the post election periods.

Political analysts argued that, it is very difficult to predict America’s interest of docking the Williams ship at Mombasa.

“East African presidents must be careful about the US move, it is unusual to see this happening,” says a Ugandan political analyst.

Last week a State Department representative said that, “We have significant concerns about Uganda’s recent elections”.

The port visit facilitates engagement opportunities between Kenyan officials and military leadership. Participants will tour the ship and learn about the many capabilities that Hershel “Woody” Williams brings to the maritime security in the region.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tours will be limited to open space areas of the ship only.

“The visit of the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is a mark of the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and Kenya,” said Eric Kneedler, officila at the US Embassy in Nairobi.

According to our sources, US and Kenya are building close military cooperation in the region.

Williams is currently deployed to the eastern coast of Africa to demonstrate their growth in strategic partnerships and US commitment to African countries through interoperability training, maritime security and safety to allow for freedom of navigation in the region.

The ship’s rotational crew swap allows unlimited operations in the Africa area of responsibility.

Homeported in Souda Bay, Greece, the ship conducts US Africa Command (AFRICOM) missions in the Mediterranean and the waters around East, South, and West Africa to include the southern Mediterranean, operating with regional partners.

The ship supports security cooperation missions and operations in and around the African continent.

US Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance US national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Whisper Eye will keep you updated on this developing story.