The Commander Kenya Navy (KN), Major General Jimson Mutai today flagged off KN Units taking part in this year’s Sea Training Cruise dubbed Exercise Jitegemee XXIV at the Kenya Navy Fleet Mkunguni jetty in Mtongwe, Mombasa County.
The annual Sea Training Cruise is aimed at training Junior Officers and Sailors, equipping them with necessary sea practical skills for their future working environment. It brings onboard the realistic node of maritime warfare and the applications experienced in Naval platforms.
The key objectives of the training include strategic Naval diplomacy through flag showing at selected foreign ports within Indian Ocean seaboard, maritime security operations to counter malign activities at sea,testing combat readiness of our platforms and ship’s crew training.
In his speech, Maj Gen Mutai reminded the Junior Officers and Sailors to be good ambassadors of the nation in the countries they will visit, maintain high standards of discipline and portray the good image of the KN and the country as a whole.
“I urge you to be good ambassadors of our nation and carry with you Kenya Defence Forces values of discipline, courage and integrity. I also want to remind you of the risks and challenges that you may face. The sea can be unpredictable and you must be prepared for any eventualities. Maintain situational awareness and support each other.”
During the voyage, the two Kenya Navy Ships, Jasiri and Shujaa will make port calls to Ports along the Indian Ocean. The diplomatic visits are geared towards strengthening military relations, enhancing Naval cooperation and reaffirming friendship with partner states.
Present during the flag off were Formation Commanders, Senior Officers, Officers and Service Members.