After the inauguration of the Kenya Navy on 12 December 1964, the first batch of Officer Cadets were sent to Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth for their training. The Government of Kenya thereafter commissioned the Royal Navy to undertake training of its personnel. Subsequently, the Royal Navy Training Team (RNTT) was dispatched to Kenya with a view of training indigenous Kenyans to take over the manning and leadership of the Kenya Navy, and to save on foreign exchange. The Training Programme embarked on by RNTT was geared towards the manning of a small Navy and still operated on the old establishment and relied heavily on overseas training. The situation was to last until 1983.
The Kenya Navy Marine Training School (KNMTS) was established on 24th April 1983 through a Government Policy Paper.
The first batch of instructors were posted later following first intake of 105 recruits, in October 1983. In 1989 the KNMTS was renamed the Kenya Navy Training School (NTS) and its first intake of 10 junior officers was recruited and trained at Mtongwe Naval Base successfully. The school has since grown to offer Naval Conversion Courses for eight Officer Intakes. The School was relocated to Kenya Navy Base, Manda in 1998 and carries out most training, except Technical and Communication Courses which are still undertaken at Mtongwe Base. The school operates on a Charter that was formalized on 27th October 1988. Read more