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AID TO CIVIL AUTHORITY

Thousands of Kenyans in the most remote areas of the country, the communities and settlements on the banks of rivers and lakes and the shores of our coastline gladly welcome the arrival of our seamen who, after receiving requests for assistance, make human and material efforts to provide same.

In Kenya today such a humanitarian task, which goes beyond emergencies and disasters in unforeseen national situations, begins with the work carried out by the Salvage and Diving Group of the Clearance Diving Unit (CDU) of the Kenya Navy. They participate in the salvage of aircraft victims and vessels capsized at sea, in rivers and in lakes. They provide treatment in the Hyperbaric chamber to traditional divers with decompression diseases. They train and educate civil and traditional divers at the main port terminals across our coastlines.

Kenya Navy Divers have been called upon on numerous heart rending occasions to provide assistance both locally and internationally.

The divers carried out excavation diving at the Fort Jesus in Mombasa. This was followed by the recovery in 1980 of a civilian vehicle at Chinga Dam in Nyeri District. The following year the Navy divers were deployed to salvage a National Youth Service Land Rover at Garrisa Bridge in the Eastern Province of Kenya.

In 1984 two main salvage operations were carried out. One was the salvage of a 50 ACB Helicopter at Masinga Dam, while the other was the search of an unidentified aircraft in Lake Victoria. In 1985, the Navy divers were engaged in the search for weapons and arms at Rongai in Nakuru District. The following year, the divers were invited to salvage a Tanzanian dhow at Shelly Beach. And in Kilifi Bay, the divers recovered a sunken car. Read More

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