German Navy blog Marine Forum reports,
“The government has announced plans to establish a coast guard to supplement the Kenya Navy … will patrol Kenya’s territorial waters and safeguard marine interests in its exclusive economic zone … money set aside for an offshore patrol vessel (no details) already under construction in India.”
I have to think most smaller countries don’t really need a Navy–they do need a Coast Guard.
Kenya is in East Africa. They have been helpful in countering piracy primarily based in Somalia.
Reblogged this on Brittius.com.
Dateline May, 2011, USCG officers visit Mombasa and discuss port security & anti-piracy operations: http://www.somaliareport.com/index.php/post/686
If I had to guess, the USCG has been supporting this all along…
The USCG has had a hand in the creation of a lot of coast guards including the Japanese and Korean Coast Guards. I would not be surprised if we were attempting to create several in Africa now.
Can anyone please identify which make/model Kenya has under construction in India?
Still looking for what ship is being built, but found an interesting angle on the USCG’s participation in Kenya here (second post, long paragraph): http://jukwaa.proboards.com/thread/8882/kenya-joint-military-exercise
And, another, slightly editorial/opinionated post mentioning the Indian order. This one says it is an OPV type vessel. http://americanadmiraltybooks.blogspot.com/2014/01/keyna-is-forming-coast-guard.html
Well, either my googling skills are rusty, or the info is not out there, awerty pooh. I did find a reference that Kenyan govt has released the funds to pay for the OPV, but they haven’t made public what the actual amount of money is…
Elsewhere, I found another interesting article which gives insight into the anti-piracy operations off Somalia by USCG personnel: http://www.nation.co.ke/Mombasa/-/519978/846914/-/ocoaxd/-/index.html
Thanks a lot for the info Bill Smith, I’ve also tried google and failed to find anything am guessing this is a first purchase they will need more ships and helos to form an effective coast guard
Yeah, if they’re not even saying how much money they’re spending, they’re probably not talking about what design it is…
It would be smart for them, with little to no experience, to buy a proven design of the Indian Coast Guard, but also avoid going with something too large, which may give them technical or operational challenges.