It was flair and glam as Kenya Navy Sailors celebrated their 59th Kenya Navy Day at Lieutenant Colonel Kimaro grounds today, 15 December 2023 in a festivity dedicated to men and women who navigate the nation’s waters ensuring its maritime security.

The annual celebration encapsulates the achievements of Kenya Navy and showcases its vital role in safeguarding Kenya’s maritime interests.

The roots of the Kenya Navy Day traces back to the establishment of the Kenya Navy emphasising the importance of maritime security within the Western Indian Ocean.

The festival which was graced by the Deputy Commander Kenya Navy, Brigadier Yahya Abdi, stands as a salute to the blue waters of the Western Indian Ocean, symbolizing the unwavering commitment and admiration of a nation anchored in maritime excellence.

Brigadier Abdi read out Commander Kenya Navy, Major General Jimson Mutai’s message of goodwill which underscored the achievements and impressive progress made through hard work by sailors and their predecessors.

“We celebrate the moment when Kenya Navy was officially launched by the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta thus bringing the completion of Kenya’s pattern of Defence,” read the speech in part.

He applauded the sailors for making the year successful highlighting major events that were achieved.

While delivering the key address, Brigadier Abdi thanked the families for the support they have accorded the sailors enabling effective actualization of military duties.

He also urged the sailors to take care of their families citing it as a fundamental and basic institution within the military.

“I request you to take care of your families as they are the backbone of your performance in the KDF and nation at large,” said Brigadier Abdi.

Families of Kenya Navy personnel formed part of the celebration, creating a sense of community and acknowledging the sacrifices made by the sailors as they gained insight into Kenya Navy operations.

The day commenced with a sea ride onboard Kenya Navy ships Shujaa and Jasiri which bobbed on the waves with the ocean as the stage. The families witnessed a maritime symphony as the ships sailed, a powerful demonstration of their readiness to respond to any maritime security challenges.

As the day unfolded, it was not devoid of entertainment. The guests were treated to thrilling football matches, swimming competitions and tug of war.

The Kenya Navy Day is not just a commemoration but a reaffirmation of the commitment to safeguard our Kenya’s territorial waters which extend into the vast maritime realm.

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