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1952 The Royal East African Navy is formed with its Headquarters at present day Bandari College, Mombasa.

1962 Royal East African Navy disbanded.

1962:Navy Officers lower the white Ensign to signify disbandment of the Royal East Africa Navy. 1964:(Left)The late President Jomo Kenyatta after ianugurating the new Navy shares a joke with the British Navy Admiral P N Howse,the flag officer Commanding Middle east Forces who represented the UK during the occassion and below he is with senior Goverment officials and Military Officers on board KNS Nyati during the same occassion. Late President Kenyatta with first Kenya Navy Commander,CMDR EMC Walker (RN) during Kenya Navy's inaugurationceremony on 12th December 1964.
1965:The first ten midshipmen after their graduation at BRNC Dartmouth.Left to right: S Suero,JCJ Kimaro,JRE Kibwana, J Nguru, N Gatonye, ES Mbilu, TG Mula, Buni Rua, R Musau and Lt Trickery the parade Training Officer(Not in the picture is BOC Onyango). Recruitment of the first Kenya Navy ratings conducted in 1965. 1966 The first three Patrol Boat Craft are commissioned at HMS Vernon, Portsmouth UK. These Patrol Craft comprised of KNS Simba, KNS Ndovu, and KNS Chui and form 66 Squadron.

1966 The first Squadron arrives in Mombasa.

1966 Midshipman BOC Onyango becomes the first Kenyan midshipman to report on duty after completing his training in the united Kingdom.

1966 The shifta campaigns in Northern Kenya at the border of Kenya and Somalia . The Kenya Navy was called upon in August, 1966 to join the other security forces to set up a Forward Base in Lamu District to protect the District against Shifta raids. The Navy was especially used to convey sections of the Army and the GSU from Mombasa together with their equipment and other supplies. Heavy rain and extensive floods had hampered the work of security forces and made the Mombasa-Lamu Road impassable. TheNavy also assisted in conveying foodstuffs and other essential commodities by sea from Mombasa to Lamu, for the civilians living in the Northern part of the Kenyan coast during the whole period of the Shifta menace.

1967 KNS Simba under command of Lieutenant Commander A J D Coxon (RN) embark on a short training visit to Malagasy code named "Safari Fupi"

1967 The first Navy Commander, Commander E M C Walker (RN) is replaced by Commander A A Pearse (RN).

1968 Kenya Navy Patrol Craft plot the first ever- Hydrographic Survey of the century of the three mile Wasini Island channel.

Group photograph at the Lengetich Spit at Lake Turkana. 1968:Coast Provincial Police Officer Mr FJ Muoka and the Navy Commander AA Pearse jointly opened the Changamwe rifle range. 66 Squadron under command of Lieutenant Commander Tom Potts (RN) embarks on a training cruise to the Island of Seychelles for 10 days.
1970:Late President Kenyatta presenting the Navy colours to Captain R W Musau. The late President Jomo Kenyatta unveils the commemorative plaque to officially open the new Officers Mess at Mtongwe. 1972:Late president Kenyatta with the newly promoted Navy Commander late Lieutenant Colonel JCJ Kimaro. Also in the picture is Defence Minister late James Gichuru, outgoing Navy Commander, Commander Hall and Army Commander General JK Mulinge.

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