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NAVY DAY CELEBRATIONS

This is the day that came into being when the Royal Navy handed over the leadership of the Navy to Africans when Africanisation of the Navy started. During these events, the Navy personnel and family come together to celebrate this achievement by way of competition in ball games, parties, prayers and various other activities.

On this day, the Navy High Command sometimes opens up the fleet/ships to take families of Naval personnel on short voyages in the sea. This activity culminates with the Navy Commander's speech and presentation of Awards to best performing teams during the competitions.

The Kenya Navy history notes that the first ever celebration was performed during the reign of Major General (Rtd) E S Mbilu. The celebration was performed with so much pomp and colour at the Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa. Since then Navy has adopted it amongst its yearly activities.

NAVY COMMANDER'S DIVISIONS

Commander's Divisions is an event that takes place quarterly every year. One reason for mounting the Divisions is to kill or get rid of peace time routine boredom among the Naval personnel. The other reason is to gauge the power of Command for both officers and servicemen/women and participants are drawn from naval personnel within Mombasa only.

During this exercises, parades are mounted for the Base Commander, Mtongwe, the Deputy Commander, and the climax of the event comes during the Navy Commander' Divisions.

The naval personnel are assessed in terms of kitting, awareness and readiness and orders are taken promptly. In this process, the Commander, through physical inspection would be able to know what problems abound among his troops by way of kitting and health status. Discipline is also imposed en mass to naval personnel.

The occasion is used to t est the preparedness of the naval personnel to mount Guard of Honour for visiting dignitaries at the Coast Province and particularly for the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Kenya, His Excellency the President of the Republic. The climax of this event is the Commander's Speech to the Naval personnel where he is able to pass vital information which cannot be passed effectively through sectional Heads/Unit Commanders.

MATCH AND SHOOT 2000

The Match and Shoot Competition has been a preserve of Kenya Army but this changed in 2000 when Kenya Navy was invited to compete alongside its sister services, the Air force and the Army.

Preparations proper for this event began sometime in October 1999 and officers and men volunteered to participate. The main agenda was to find volunteer personnel to form the Kenya Navy Marine Commando Force.

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