In a demonstration of India’s
commitment to its ties with Kenya and to promote
maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian
Naval Ships Kolkata and Aditya under the command of the
Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral
Ravneet Singh, NM will arrive at Mombasa on 10 Sep 16 on
a three day visit.
The ships are part of the Indian
Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under the Western
Naval Command and are on a two month deployment to the
Western Indian Ocean.
The current visit is aimed at
enhancing bilateral ties, strengthening the existing
bonds of friendship and reinforcing co-operation in
maritime security between India and Kenya.
During the visit, the warships will
interact with the Kenyan Defence Forces on professional
issues, aimed at enhancing co-operation and sharing
nuances of naval operations including combating threats
of maritime terrorism and piracy.
In addition to professional
interactions, the ships, during their stay in harbour,
will undertake several other activities, including
official interactions and cultural engagements.
The ships would also be open to public
for onboard visits on 11 Sep 16 (Sun) from 1400 to 1630
Organised visits for school children
will also be conducted on 12 Sep 16 (Mon) from 1030-1230
India and Kenya have historical
maritime trading links.
The sizeable Indian diaspora settled
in Kenya is a testimony of our strong cultural linkages.
The signing of the India-Kenya Trade
Agreement in 1981, under which both countries accorded
Most Favoured Nation status to each other, set the
foundation for strong and vibrant trade relations.
Bilateral relations between the two
countries have since been progressively stepped up
through economic, military and diplomatic cooperation.
The recently concluded visit of
India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi provided fresh
impetus to the bilateral relationship between the two
The visit was particularly significant
for the defence sector where the two countries reached
A historic Memorandum of Understanding
of Defence Co-operation was signed between the two
countries for the first time ever.
India gifted thirty Field Ambulances
to Kenya Defence Forces.
The two countries agreed to deepen the
existing defence ties further through several other
The robustness of naval co-operation
between the two countries is evident from frequent port
visits by Naval ships, hydrographic survey by Indian
survey ships and training of Kenyan Naval personnel in
The Indian Navy last visited Kenya in
October 2014 when Indian Naval ships Mumbai, Talwar and
Deepak visited Mombasa as part of overseas deployment.
The current visit seeks to strengthen
the existing bonds of friendship between India and Kenya
and underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity
with friendly countries of the Indian Ocean region.