Kenyans were Sunday treated to a first of its kind naval sail-past by the Kenya Navy Ships during this year’s Mashujaa day celebrations held at the Mama Ngina waterfront in Mombasa county.
The leading ship (Flag ship) conducted a 21-Gun salute for the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Likoni Channel.
The other ships that took part in the Sail Past designed a special formation in which all the ships and sailors saluted to the head of state.
Sail past is a naval tradition that started about 200 years ago, in which naval ships in a fleet salute the Admiral or the Commander-in-Chief.
Besides this rare spectacle, pomp and color characterized proceedings at the venue of the celebrations. At around 11:30am, the president’s convoy snaked in before the head of state inspected a guard of honour.
After the sail-past by Kenya navy ships which attracted most of the attention with MV Jasiri conducting a 21-gun salute, the air force showcased its sophisticated warfare aircraft as well amid cheers from the crowd.
Entertainment was top notch with coastal rhythms filling the air. The celebrations pleased those attending the fete even as they called for unity of purpose.