Kenyans treated to a rare show by Kenya Navy

Written By: Rose Welimo/ Ann Mburu

The leading ship conducted a 21-Gun salute for the Commander-in-Chief

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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