Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale accompanied the United States Secretary of Defence Mr Lloyd Austin III to Kenya Navy Base-Manda in Lamu.
The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the already existing bond and military ties between the two countries.
In his address the CS acknowledged that the two countries face similar security threats which demand strategic collaboration in the ever changing security environment.
The CS applauded troops from both countries for their synergy in joint pursuit for peace and stability in the region and beyond.
“We thank all of you for your service. Your sacrifice is the reason we are able to enjoy peace and freedom,” said Hon. Duale.
His sentiments were echoed by his US counterpart, who acknowledged that the countries shall endevour to strengthen the relationship.
Mr. Austin thanked the troops for their teamwork and the sacrifices they make every day in their efforts to find long-lasting peace and security.
“We are proud of you and grateful for what you do. Thank you for working side by side in supporting each other by working on very important issues that address security for both Kenya and the US.
The visit is a furtherance of the Defence Cooperation Framework that the two Secretaries signed at the Defence Headquarters that shall enable the two countries to work together in the field of defence technology and innovation
Also present during the visit were Commander Kenya Navy Major General Jimson Mutai, Commander Kenya Navy Base-Manda Brigadier Thomas Ng’ang’a, Chief of Strategic Policy and Plans at the Defence Headquarters Brigadier Edward Rugendo and other senior military officers from the two countries.