Kenyan Navy further strengthens its ties with EU NAVFOR (1)September 3, 2010 - 14:49
During the French Flagship FS DE GRASSE’s port visit in Mombasa (Kenya), the Force Commander, Rear-Admiral Philippe Coindreau, liaised with local authorities and partners.
These included the Chief of the Kenyan Navy, Mayor of Mombasa, Coast Province Commissioner (regional representative of the State) and the Head of the Kenyan Maritime Authority.
The Chief of the Kenyan Navy expressed concern over piracy and a desire for the Kenyan Navy to be more involved in EU NAVFOR’s efforts against these criminal activities. Kenyan authorities have praised EU NAVFOR for its actions and have declared their concerns about piracy and its affects on the local economy, particularly, as Mombasa port is a main point of entry on the East coast of Africa.
The meetings between the various parties were aimed at sharing matters of common interest and contribute to form a coherent understanding of the anti-piracy operations.
Mombasa is also a logistic base for the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA), and the World Food Program (WFP), two key partners for EU NAVFOR.
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