Kenya Navy Ship Shujaa arrives at the Kenya Navy Fleet Mkunguni on 3 July 2018.
Even before the sailors set foot on the pier, there was excitement, anticipation, joy, and celebrations at the Kenya Navy Fleet Mkunguni as Senior Officers, Officers, Soldiers and families received the long awaited Kenya Navy Ship (KNS) Shujaa after completion of its one and a half midlife refit programme in The Netherlands.
The ship, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Lekolool, secured at Kenya Navy Fleet shortly after 1000hrs and was received by the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and the Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Franklin Mghalu, among other Senior Military Officers and invited guests. KNS Shujaa has been in The Netherlands since 6 November 2016 for a refit programme, and is expected to boost the Navy Fleet in undertaking its activities.
Amb. Omamo who graced the buoyant event expressed her sincere enchantment for the invite in welcoming the KNS Shujaa crew who have just completed their training voyage from Netherlands to Mombasa.
“I take this opportunity therefore to thank the members of the Defence Forces, men and women who have put relentless effort to ensure that the citizens of this great nation enjoy peace and secure environment within which they continue conducting their daily business. I wish to thank their family members for the unwavering support accorded to these men and women of valour in their undertakings. May the Almighty God bless you”, the CS said.
The Commander Kenya Navy in his address, began by welcoming everyone to the auspicious occasion of receiving back KNS Shujaa, after her midlife refit at Damen Shipyard in The Netherlands. “The ceremony we are having today is for the celebrations of the KNS Shujaa crew who have completed a successful training voyage from The Netherlands to Mombasa. This follows the completion of a one and half months’ midlife refit programme in The Netherlands. I further wish to congratulate the ship’s crew and the junior officers under training on their accomplishment of the sea cruise exercise. As part of training, the six weeks’ voyage, accomplished flag showing diplomacy in Portugal, Malta, Egypt, and Djibouti, which is a key component of our training for young officers and sailors”, the Commander added.
He concluded by saying that Kenya Navy has continuously ensured that terrorism and piracy levels within the territorial waters have ceased as part of its role to deter sea borne aggression and other maritime threats. He added that this has been achieved through a well- maintained fleet, which is engaged in a series of patrols within our territorial waters.
Present during the function was Principal Secretary Ministry of Defence Torome Saitoti, Deputy Commander Kenya Air Force Brigadier Francis Ogolla, General Officers, Senior Officers, Officers, Warrant Officers, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Sailors and families among other invited guests.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo pays a courtesy call to Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Franklin Mghalu at his office.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo greets the Kenya Navy Ship Shujaa Crews upon arrival at the Kenya Navy Fleet Mkunguni.
The Kenya Navy choir entertains guests during the reception of Kenya Navy Ship Shujaa.
Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Franklin Mghalu makes his remarks during the reception of Kenya Navy Ship Shujaa.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo makes her remarks during the reception of Kenya Navy Ship Shujaa.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, PS for Defence Torome Saitoti and other Senior Military Officers in a group photo with Kenya Navy Ship Shujaa Crew members.