EU NAVFOR Force Commander hosts Kenyan NavyMay 7, 2010 - 22:13
Rear Admiral Jan Thörnqvist, Force Commander for EU NAVFOR, held a lunch for representatives from the Kenyan Navy, Kenyan Maritime Authorities (KMA), World Food Programme (WFP) and The United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA) onboard the Flagship Carlskrona on the 5 may.
After the lunch both KMA and Kenyan Navy were given an introduction to Mercury – an Internet-based system that allows communication between the naval forces and the merchant shipping in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
Adm Thörnqvist Stated that “I would like to express my appreciation for the vital support that Kenya is providing to EU NAVFOR”, He also praised the good cooperation with World Food Programme and United Nations.
The Force Commander also suggested continued interaction and cooperation and to start that, he invited Kenyan Navy to conduct a PASSEX (a combined exercise on basic seamanship skills) when an opportunity next arose.
The delegation from Kenyan Navy was lead by Captain Kambuni while KMA participated with its Director General Nancy Karigithu. Operations Officer Ifigenia Metaxa came from WFP and Peter McGhioe from UNSOA.
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