Commander Kenya Navy, Major General Jimson L Mutai called on the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi at Navy Headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan during his four-day tour to enhance Kenya and Pakistan Navy defence relations.
The Commander KN inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Pakistan Navy and thereafter laid a floral wreath at the Shuhada Monument, in honour and remembrance of valiant sons of the soil who rendered supreme sacrifices while defending the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan.
The Kenya Navy Commander and his entourage got an opportunity to visit several Pakistan Naval installations. At the Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC) the commander was briefed on the Global Industrial and Defence Solutions (GIDS). The GIDS is a Pakistani state-owned defense conglomerate, and the country’s largest defense manufacturer, offering products for military applications.
During the official tour, Maj Gen Mutai visited the Pakistan Naval War College, a staff college providing training and education primarily to the mid-career officers of the Pakistan Navy as well as to a limited number of officers from Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army and various allied forces. The college is located at Walton, Lahore in Pakistan.
To wrap up the visit in Lahore, the Commander was welcomed to witness the Wagah Border Flag lowering Ceremony. The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border is a daily military practice characterized by elaborate and rapid dance-like maneuvers and raising legs as high as possible, which have been described as colorful since 1959.
In Karachi, the Commander paid a courtesy call to Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Mian Jan and gave a tour of the Karachi Shipyard which caters ship-building, ship repair and general heavy engineering to benchmark on the facility on best practices and to share ideas, expertise, and experience of the yard that makes various types of marine vessels.
During his stay in Pakistan, the Commander Kenya Navy also visited Pakistan Navy’s operational and training units, Joint Maritime Information & Coordination Centre (JMICC) at Karachi besides holding interactions with Commander PNS, KARSAZ. The PNS Karsaz is the naval station and the largest technical training facility located in the urban neighborhood of Karachi that provides technical education on the subjects of mechanics and electronics for the Navy’s enlisted personnel upon their passing out from the PNS Himalayas, the Pakistan Navy’s only basic training boot camp in Manora Island.
The Kenyan delegation wrapped up the tour with a rare opportunity of boarding the Pakistan Navy Ship Shamseer to the Pakistan Naval Academy, an institution that trains junior navy cadet officers.
The Chief of Naval Staff highlighted Pakistan Navy’s initiatives for ensuring maritime security and peace in the region through regional maritime cooperation. Major General J Mutai appreciated and acknowledged the Pakistan Navy’s efforts and commitments in support of collective naval security in the region.
During the visit, Commander Kenya Navy was accompanied by the managing director Kenya Shipyard Limited, Brigadier Paul Otieno.