The Kenya Navy (KN) Junior Officers and Sailors taking part in this year’s Sea Training Cruise, Exercise Jitegemee XXIV visited the Seychelles Regional Coordination Operations Centre (RCOC) during their first port of call at Port Victoria in Seychelles.
The RCOC plays a pivotal role in regional maritime security coordination, information sharing and response by member countries contributing to effective Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).
Led by the Senior Officer Afloat Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Rono, the Officers and Sailors had an opportunity to meet and engage with Kenya Defence Forces Defence Attaché to Seychelles and Somalia Colonel Samuel Muia.
Colonel Muia encouraged the Junior Officers and Sailors to take the sea experience as a learning opportunity as it shapes their future careers.
In addition, KN female Officers and Sailors hosted Seychelles’ Women in Maritime onboard Kenya Navy Ship Jasiri.
During the voyage, the Junior Officers and Sailors conducted various evolutions and exercises exposing them to practical sea experience and preparing them for their various departmental roles.
The evolutions and exercises conducted included visual and blind pilotage, man overboard drills, action station exercise and general weapon handling among others.
The first port of call at the Port of Victoria in Seychelles, marked the end of the first leg of the training cruise.