During his visit, Major General Mutai thanked the troops in various Forward Operating Bases for their sacrifice and service to humanity urging them to continue strengthening operations in the area to enhance security in the region.
‘’KDF takes cognizance of your spirited efforts of protecting the territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya and promotion of regional peace and security. These efforts have contributed to reduced adversary activities,’’ said Major Gen Mutai.
He commended the troops for engaging the local residents in their areas of operation through Civil and Military Cooperation activities saying this is critical in peace and development.
The Commander Kenya Navy later visited the crew on board Kenya Navy Ship UMOJA at the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) corridor and appreciated their effort in ensuring the smooth running of maritime operations for peace and stability to prevail in Kenya’s territorial waters.
He urged the crew to remain vigilant to respond befittingly to any seaborne threats whenever called upon. The Commander Kenya Navy used the opportunity to inspect ongoing water projects at the Kenya Navy Base (KNB) Manda Bay and Border Point 27 as well as address Hongwe Secondary School students at Mpeketoni.
He was accompanied by the Base Commander KNB Manda Bay Brigadier Peter Chelimo, Chief of Operations Kenya Navy Headquarters Colonel Michael Atodonyang and the Commander OAB Colonel Emmanuel Ptiony.