NAIROBI, Kenya November 4 – Kenya has received a boost in maritime security following the arrival of the UK Carrier Strike Group, HMS Kent, which will participate in a series of training exercises with the Kenyan Navy.
The British High Commission said Thursday that HMS Kent, a Type 23 frigate which docked in Mombasa port on Wednesday, and will conduct joint training exercises with members of the Special Operations Squadron (SOS) from Kenya until Saturday.
During his visit to the ship and the Kenya Navy Training College (KNTC), British Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to supporting Kenya’s security and the two nations’ close partnership.
“The training partnership between the Royal Navy and the Kenya Navy Training College reflects the UK’s commitment to the security and prosperity of Kenya and its people. “Kenya is the UK’s closest ally in East Africa and, working together, we are committed to keeping East African seas safe and allowing trade to flow freely. In the region. Heappey said when he met Lt. Col. Vincent Rono, deputy commander of the KNTC.
During the three-day visit, sailors from the Royal Navy will train with Kenyan navy officers in firefighting and damage control scenarios, while the Royal Marines of the 42nd Commando will conduct exercises boarding with the Kenya Special Boats Unit, part of the Special Operations Squadron.
Commander Matt Sykes, commander of HMS Kent, said the exercise will help improve Kenya’s maritime capabilities.
“It is a pleasure to be welcomed to Kenya, a country which has a vital security role to play in the region. “Our joint training exercises during this visit will help strengthen our capabilities and our partnership, thereby improving our ability to maintain security in the Indian Ocean,” he said.
The UK is also providing support to the KNTC with instructions for firefighting, medical treatment, boarding and searching of ships as part of a longer term engagement.
Maritime security is a key element of the UK-Kenya strategic partnership. This close naval relationship helps defeat pirates, armed robbers and other illicit actors off the coast of Africa, thus protecting the prosperity of both nations.
HMS Kent continues to operate as part of the British Carrier Strike Group, having recently sailed to the Indo-Pacific alongside the UK’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The Group is currently spread over a significant geographical distance from the north of the Arabian Sea to the west of the Indian Ocean.
The UK and Kenya joint maritime training includes operational planning and the development of policies and protocols, drawn from regional and national maritime strategies.
Much of the training focuses on tactical tools and tools that enable military and maritime security agencies to secure their waterways. This includes small craft operations, interdiction and boarding training, and the application of the international law of the sea.
The visit of HMS KENT, a Type 23 anti-submarine frigate, to the port of Mombasa is a powerful demonstration of the UK’s commitment to deepen diplomatic, economic and security relations with Kenya, all in part of our Defense Cooperation Agreement (CDA) in action.
HMS Kent is part of the UK Carrier Strike Group known as CSG21. CSG21, led by HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, has made a tangible contribution to coalition operations in the region, while demonstrating its integrated world-class maritime and air capability with its partners.
In September this year, Kenya transformed the Manda Bay station into a full-fledged military base as part of broader efforts to strengthen maritime security.