Commander Kenya Navy Presides Over Kenya Navy Divisions

The Commander Kenya Navy, Maj Gen Levi Francis Mghalu inspects a guard of Honour during the Kenya Navy Divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe on 15th March 2019

The Commander Kenya Navy, Maj Gen Levi Francis Mghalu inspects a guard of Honour during the Kenya Navy Divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe on 15th March 2019

The Commander Kenya Navy, Major General Levi Francis Mghalu presided over the Kenya Navy Divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base, Mtongwe on Friday 15 March 2019. The Navy Divisions are bi-annual parades during which the Commander addresses the Naval personnel, on among other things, Kenya Navy achievements, challenges encountered and future expectations. The Divisions also help the personnel prepare for national ceremonies especially the Guard of Honor.

During the event, the Commander lauded the Kenya Navy fraternity for the various achievements and tremendous growth in all fields that have positively impacted on the service and the nation at large.

Among them, he said, is the continued provision of security to key Kenya Navy (KN) installations and the defence of Kenya’s territorial waters. He added that the security challenges in the country call for strict adherence to the laid out security measures. “Terrorism amongst other challenges continue to be one of the main challenges to the security of our nation and we shall stamp it out by all means,” said the General.  “The enemy is within us and is not directly linked to tribe, race or religion,” he added, pointing that this calls for enhanced surveillance, high alertness, embracing community policing, reporting suspicious individuals or activities and securing all entry points at all times.

The Commander further expressed delight in the completion of various projects within the service which, he noted, have transformed service delivery. This include the new engine test cell, the new KN theatre, officers’ single cabin accommodation among others.

“Kenya Navy is fast expanding in the human resource,” he pointed out noting that the Service received new service personnel early this year.  “To the new members of our family, I urge you to deeply acquaint yourselves with the rules and regulations of the KDF and I call on all of us to give them necessary guidance at all times, “he added.

In sports, the Commander noted that Kenya Navy recorded good results in various disciplines for instance in cross country where it emerged 4th overall in the KDF championships. In a special recognition Maj Gen Mghalu thanked Senior Private Jarinter Mawia who is set to represent Kenya in the World Cross Country athletics championship to be held in Denmark form Saturday, 30 March 2019. He also lauded Sergeant Hellen Maina who won a gold medal in the world 100M masters athletes in the over 35 year’s category. He further commended the KN tug of war team who are the current national champions while the taekwondo was honored by being the best in the KDF Championships.

The Commander reminded everyone to remain steadfast in their duties, as he thanked the Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe and the Government of Kenya for supporting the Service achieve its mission.

The Commander Kenya Navy, Maj Gen Levi Francis Mghalu bestows Sergeant Erick Chingi with a medal of long service good conduct during the Kenya Navy Divisions

The Commander Kenya Navy, Maj Gen Levi Francis Mghalu bestows Sergeant Erick Chingi with a medal of long service good conduct during the Kenya Navy Divisions

Commander Kenya Navy plants a tree to commemorate the Kenya Navy Divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base, Mtongwe.

Commander Kenya Navy plants a tree to commemorate the Kenya Navy Divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base, Mtongwe.

The Kenya Navy soldiers on parade during the Kenya Navy Divisions

The Kenya Navy soldiers on parade during the Kenya Navy Divisions

An aerial view of the divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base, Mtongwe on 15th March 2019

An aerial view of the divisions held at the Kenya Navy Base, Mtongwe on 15th March 2019