European Union Naval Force Liaison Officers visit Kenya Navy

Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu gifts Lieutenant Colonel Juan Sanchez Coello a copy of the Kenya Navy at 50 book during his visit to the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.

The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Liaison Officers in Kenya, Lieutenant Colonel Luis Manuel Arias Loste and Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Sanchez Coello paid a courtesy call on the Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu at the Kenya Navy Headquarters Mtongwe, Mombasa County on 20th August 2019.Lieutenant Colonel Luis Manuel Arias Loste is the outgoing EU NAVFOR Liaison Officer in Kenya to be replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Sanchez Coello.

The meeting was geared towards building and developing regional maritime security capabilities thus promoting lasting solutions which will help deter and prevent acts of piracy throughout the region.

The Liaison Officers said the key role of EU NAVFOR is to provide maritime security by protecting logistic vessels in the high-risk hostile waters of the Somali Republic through a joint maritime operation dubbed Operation Atlanta initiated by European Countries in December 2008.

Major General Mghalu assured the two that the Kenya Navy will continue to be a crucial player in efforts to deter and disrupt piracy and armed robberies in high seas along the Indian Ocean. The key mandate of the Kenya Navy is to ensure maritime security is maintained in the Indian Ocean and to protect the country from external aggression from the sea.

The meeting was an opportunity to strengthen and foster good bilateral relations between the Kenya Navy and the EU NAVFO which is a key regional maritime security partner.

Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu receives the incoming European Union Naval Force Liaison Officer in Kenya Lieutenant Colonel Juan Manuel Sanchez Coello at the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.

Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu receives the incoming European Union Naval Force Liaison Officer in Kenya Lieutenant Colonel Juan Manuel Sanchez Coello at the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.

 Lieutenant Colonel Luis Avias Loste, the outgoing European Union Naval Force Liaison Officer in Kenya signs the visitors’ book during his visit to the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Luis Avias Loste, the outgoing European Union Naval Force Liaison Officer in Kenya signs the visitors’ book during his visit to the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Juan Sanchez Coello with his counterpart Lieutenant Colonel Luis Avias Loste sign the visitors’ book as the Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu looks on.

Lieutenant Colonel Juan Sanchez Coello with his counterpart Lieutenant Colonel Luis Avias Loste sign the visitors’ book as the Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu looks on.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Atodonyang’ holds a conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Juan Manuel Sanchez Coello and Lieutenant Colonel Luis Avias Loste, the incoming and the outgoing European Union Naval Force Liaison Officers in Kenya respectively, during their visit to the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Atodonyang’ holds a conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Juan Manuel Sanchez Coello and Lieutenant Colonel Luis Avias Loste, the incoming and the outgoing European Union Naval Force Liaison Officers in Kenya respectively, during their visit to the Kenya Navy Headquarters, Mtongwe on 20th August 2019.