Kenya Navy Day Celebrations Held In Mombasa
Kenya Navy fraternity Marked the 58th Kenya Navy (KN) Day at Lieutenant Colonel Kimaro stadium at the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mombasa County, on Wednesday.
KN Day is marked annually on December 14 to commemorate the date KN was established as a Service in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and acknowledge the Navy’s achievements throughout the year.
The first-ever celebration was performed during the tenure of former Commander KN Major General (Rtd) E S Mbilu at the Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa County.
This year Major General Jimson Mutai, Commander Kenya Navy message was read by Brigadier Abdi. The message emphasized on the need to reflect and appreciate the eventful journey and growth that KN has undergone over the decades. He said present-day KN exists because of the sacrifice and commitment of KN predecessors, who laid a strong foundation for generational growth.
He noted that the Founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta termed the formation of the KN on December 16, 1964, as a “ceremony marking the completion of Kenya’s pattern of defence.”
The Commander called for stewardship, reiterating that every KN personnel’s responsibility is to look after the current assets, high-tech equipment, state–of–the–art infrastructure and soldier-centric welfare amenities which the KN has acquired over the years to ensure service delivery.
Major General Mutai further urged the KN personnel to remain vigilant and proactive in securing each naval complex and guarding their families against radicalization and violent extremism, especially during the holidays.
He advised the Spiritual and Mental Health departments to promptly address mental health issues among Sailors since emotional, psychological and social well-being is vital for effective performance at work.
In his speech, Brigadier Abdi emphasized the importance of welfare to a soldier and the need to take care of a soldier’s family.
“I appreciate the KN welfare Centre for striving to meet the needs of every soldier. Let every soldier manage his/her welfare also. Beware of traffic accidents and avoid them. Your safety comes first. Register with DESACCO and make savings,” he urged.
During the event, various skits and poems were performed. Service Personnel, officers and service members engaged in sports activities, combative displays, tug of war and a football match. The event culminated with a colorful performance by the KN band.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.