BY MARTIN MWITA
PATROL and surveillance of the Kenyan Coast line by the Navy has received a major boost after the British government flagged off a Sh21 million support project.
British high commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner yesterday handed over a three-year deal that will see the Navy benefit in marine patrol training and support from the UK.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony at the Kenya Navy Mtongwe base, Tuner said the move is part of UK’s support in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean.
“This will help Kenyan authorities in their efforts to maintain security at the water border between Kenya and Somalia. This should make the Kenyan coast safer,” Turner said.
He said improved security at the Coast will attract more tourists.The project will boost the Kenya Navy’s ability to tackle piracy threats and other illegal activities at the Coast.
The project includes a high speed rigid inflatable patrol boat which was handed over to the navy commander major general Ngewa Mukala.
The boat is linked to a radar scanner in-hull and steering compass.The water craft is also fitted with inflatable collars making it almost unsinkable.