Course Members of the Advance Command and Staff Course (ACSC) at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (UK) and their Directing Staff today visited the Kenya Navy Headquarters in Mtongwe, Mombasa.
The delegation, led by Royal Navy Directing Staff Commander Christopher Grey, was on the sixth and final day of the UK Regional Security Exercise (RSE) in Kenya.
The RSE is an important component of the ACSC program, complementing previous studies in global and regional security, foreign policy, defense, and decision making. They also help Course Members get a thorough understanding of UK Defence Engagement Policy.
Commander Grey and Lieutenant Colonel Ali Ibrahim of the Kenya Army who is also a Directing Staff seconded by the Kenya Defence Forces to the UK Defence Academy paid a courtesy call to Deputy Commander Kenya Navy Brigadier Yahya Abdi where they discussed maritime security threats in the Western Indian Ocean.
While addressing the delegation, Brigadier Abdi emphasized the importance of the ACSC in the Course Members’ leadership engagements.
“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Commander Kenya Navy to welcome you to the Kenya Navy.” I am privileged to have you here today. Take this training seriously and with great passion, and you will gain additional skills and knowledge for your present and future leadership engagements,” he stated.
The delegation also visited the Kenya Navy Maritime Operations Centre, where they were given a keynote speech on Maritime Security and Multi-Agency Operations along the Indian Ocean Seaboard.
Major General Paul Otieno, the Managing Director of Kenya Shipyards Limited, informed the team on how the Kenya Defence Forces manages defence enterprises in addition to its main responsibility of protecting Kenya’s territorial borders.
The ACSC brings together UK Armed Forces, foreign military and civil servants from partner nations across the world. The goal of ACSC is to strengthen Course Members’ mastery of the profession of arms and to provide the intellectual edge required for operational success and government leadership.
Currently, Kenya has three Course Members undertaking the ACSC at the Defence Academy of the UK.