THE KENYA NAVY LAUNCHES PASSENGER BOAT, UPINDI II, IN MTONGWE

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The Commander Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe Brigadier William C Kombe, Officers  and HSL Upindi II crew in a group photo during the launch of Upindi II boat at the Mtongwe jetty

Kenya Navy Base Commander Brigadier William Charo Kombe presided over the launch of Upindi II boat, a Harbour Sea Launch (HSL), at the Mtongwe jetty on 3 August 2018.

Upindi II, a newly built boat which arrived in Kenya on 26th June 2018 from India, is a two-engine boat with a passenger capacity of 120 personnel. It is 22 meters long and can cruise at a maximum speed of 14 knots. The boat is also fitted with modern navigation equipment which includes the Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS).

The boat will enhance ferrying of Kenya Navy personnel and their families across the Kilindini channel from Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe jetty to the Kenya Ports Authority pier. It joins HSL UTA which has been performing the same tasks.

The Kenya Navy personnel and their families had an opportunity to enjoy the first boat ride onboard Upindi II as it starts its operations. During the launch, the Base Commander was accompanied by the Base Admin Officer Major Mutua, Base Adjutant Major Kimondo, Capt Bando, Lt. Kiprotich and Master at Arms Warrant Officer II, Kirwa.

Kenya Navy Personnel and family members embark on-board the boat

Kenya Navy Personnel and family members embark on-board the boat

Coxswain (Senior Sergeant Benjamin Marige) steers the boat across Kilindini harbor during the launch

Coxswain (Senior Sergeant Benjamin Marige) steers the boat across Kilindini harbor during the launch

Kenya Navy families  enjoy a ride on the new boat

Kenya Navy families enjoy a ride on the new boat