Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen and Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levy Mghalo unveils Full Mission Bridge Simulator at Kenya Navy Training School.
The Danish Chief of Royal Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen today oversaw the commissioning of the Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulator and the Modified Marine Engine Test Cell at the Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe, Mombasa, where he was hosted by the Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu.
In his address, the Defence Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome said that the equipment would greatly enhance the efforts aimed at achieving a blue economy as the country prepares to host the Blue Economy Conference in November. “This is a great boost to Kenya Navy and the country as well because it is an indication of the thriving relations between our two countries,” he stated.
Admiral Mikkelsen congratulated Kenya Navy and Kenya Defence Forces for acquisition of the powerful Test Cells that were of international standards and appreciated the Defence Cabinet Secretary for her tireless efforts to ensure partnerships with the Denmark Government stayed alive. “In order to safeguard and ensure safety of the maritime domain, Kenya Navy fraternity and Denmark officers have to cordially relate in both training and research. Kenya Navy now has modern and advanced test equipment, which will promote its capacity particularly in the technical area,” he said. He noted that the unveiling of the FMB Simulator would not only assist the Kenya Navy but the country too. Admiral Mikkelsen cited the importance of the simulator in enabling Kenya to for the first time offer complete master marine training in compliance with international standards.
Major General Mghalu stated that the installation of the FMB Simulator would assist in simulation of ships, navigation, surveillance and training with the capability of search and rescue missions and which would greatly facilitate training at the Kenya Navy Training School. He thanked the enhanced partnership of the Danish Government with Kenya maritime agencies.
The Engine Test and the Full Mission Bridge Simulator were donated to the Government of Kenya by the Kingdom of Denmark in June 2017. The Modified Engine Test Cell will be used to test newly-built and overhaul engines and has the capability to accommodate the newer engines installed in the Kenya Navy Ships and the engines installed in vessels operated by other government agencies, and is capable of testing 4 engines.
The FMB Simulator is a system that imitates a ship’s environment for ships’ handling, maneuvering, marine propulsion and decision making on ship scenarios that offer all the complexities of the real world.
Kenya Navy is the first East African Navy to acquire this kind of a simulator. The Simulator will be used as a training facility for international maritime organization model courses such as safety, security, search and rescue and seamanship navigation.
Others present at the event were Deputy Kenya Navy Commander Brigadier Charles Kahariri, Kenya Navy Mtongwe Base Commander Brigadier Naisho Loonena, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Vice Chancellor Professor Mabel Imbuga, Senior Military Officers, Officers and the KDF Service Members.
Permanent Secretary for Defence Saitoti Torome lays wreath at the Kenya Navy Heroes Monument yard.
Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen signs the Visitors book at the Kenya Navy Training School.
Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levy Mghalu meets the Danish delegates at his office at the Kenya Navy Headquarters.
Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen and the Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu unveils the engine test cell at the Kenya Navy Dockyard on 21 June 2018.
Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen and Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu showing the signed Agreement during the event.
Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen inspects guard of honour mounted by the Kenya Navy.
Kenya Navy Half Guard march past the dais.
Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu makes his remarks during the commissioning of the Full Mission Bridge Simulator.
Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen makes his address during the commissioning of the Full Mission Bridge Simulator.
Permanent Secretary for Defence Saitoti Torome makes his address during the commissioning of the Full Mission Bridge Simulator.
Kenya Navy personnel inside the Full Mission Bridge Simulator.
Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levy Mghalu, Permanent Secretary for Defence Saitoti Torome, Deputy Commander Kenya Navy Charles Kahariri, Vice Chancellor JKUAT Mabel Imbuga, Dutch Delegates and Senior Military Officers in a group photo