Military Capabilities

US donates fast boats to Kenya

06 March 2018
The US ambassador to Kenya hands over a Metal Shark 33 Relentless to the Kenya Navy on 27 February 2018. Source: US Embassy Kenya

The United States delivered the final six of 10 Metal Shark fast vessels to the Kenya Navy in an event held in Mombasa on 27 February.

The US embassy in Kenya said the boats were worth KES500 million (USD4.9 million), making it the largest US maritime security co-operation programme in sub-Saharan Africa to date.

“They will bolster the Kenya Navy’s capability to deploy Kenyan Rangers and other quick reaction forces from the sea, and to patrol and defend the more than 500 km maritime border,” it said.

The ambassador added that the boats would help the Kenya Navy’s to combat the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab.

The US embassy did not identify the donated vessels, but released photographs showing that they are 10 m-long Metal Shark 33 Relentless boats configured with seats for nine and twin outboard engines.

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