For a considerable time, the Defence Forces Legal Services Organization consisted of only a few uniformed military lawyers who managed the military disciplinary system since the 1970's. They did so as Staff Officers within the Department of Defence (DOD) and Service Headquarters without a separate corps or organization.
The Kenya Navy Legal Services Office was established in September 1991 with the commissioning of Major (Rtd) Moses Waweru Ndungu who took up his first appointment as Staff Officer II (SOII), Legal Services at Kenya Navy Headquarters. Major (Rtd) Ndungu, who held a Masters of Laws degree in International Maritime Law from the prestigious IMO International Maritime Law Institute - Malta, continued serving the Kenya Navy in the above capacity until he retired in the year 2000.
The Staff Officer II Legal Services fell vacant and was not filled until December 2001 when Captain N D Maru was finally appointed as the second SOII Legal, a position he continues to hold to date.
The Kenya Navy Legal Office continues to offer specialized legal services to all Kenya Navy personnel and endeavors to keep them, through seminars and lectures, informed of their duties, civil rights, terms and conditions of service and the dynamics of Military Disciplinary Law.
Like all departments in the Kenya Navy, the Legal Services department propagates all round loyalty to superiors, peers and subordinates to inculcate the most prized Naval quality Espirit de Corps.