-- The naval warship docked at the Kenya’s
port of Mombasa on Wednesday after more than seven
years of waiting after the Kenya Navy nation ordered
Kenyan officials said they expect
the 55-million-U.S.-dollar ship to play a crucial
role in the fight against rampant piracy off the
coast of Somalia and terrorism in the country.
The Oceanographic vessel, christened
MV Jasiri weighing 140 tons, 85 meters long and 13
meters wide from Spain was received by Kenya’s top
The naval vessel is fitted with long
range cannons, missile launchers, machine guns and
sophisticated radar and communications systems.
The ship is said to be one of the
best naval assets in the region.
The Horn of Africa nation’s
coastline is considered one of the world’s most
dangerous stretches of water because of piracy.
Demanding millions of dollars in
ransom for captured ships and their crews, Somali
pirates are intensifying operations not just off their
own coastline, but further afield in the Red Sea—particularly
during the monsoon season in the wider Indian Ocean.
The East African nation has been on a
state of high alert since her soldiers made cross
border incursion into Somalia on Oct. 16, 2011 to
fight the terror group Al-Shabaab.
Highly-placed sources told Xinhua
that a team of Kenyan military and State Law office
officials were involved in the negotiating with the
contractor Astilleros Gondan over payment.
The procurement of the MV Jasiri,
the largest of all the fleets, was expected play a
major role in boosting the country surveillance on
threats posed by suspected Somalia pirates and Al-
Shabaab terror groups before its contract was
The delivery of the ship comes as the
Kenya troops under the Africa Union Peacekeeping
Forces (AMISOM) plans a major onslaught in the Kismayu
town, a hub of Al-Shabaab terror groups responsible of
hijacking of foreigners and grenade attacks in Kenya
The Kenya Defense Force (KDF)
military have undergo training specialized training
on operation of drones that used in conducting
aerial attacks that have managed to contain piracy
which used to be rampant in the Horn of Africa
Tankers carrying Middle East oil
through the Suez Canal must pass first through the
Gulf of Aden.
According to maritime officials, about
4 percent of the world’s daily oil supply is shipped
through the gulf.
The attacks are being carried out by
increasingly well- coordinated Somali gangs armed with
automatic weapons and rocket- propelled grenades,
maritime officials said.
The Horn of Africa nation has been
without a functioning government since 1991, and
remains one of the world’s most violent and lawless