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Kenya launches coast guard

20 November 2018
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The new Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) was officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta during a 19 November ceremony that saw the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Doria commissioned as its first vessel.

The OPV
        <I>Doria</I>
        was commissioned as the Kenya Coast Guard Service&#8217;s first ship at the Liwatoni Fisheries Complex in Mombasa on 19 November. (Uhuru Kenyatta)The OPV <I>Doria</I> was commissioned as the Kenya Coast Guard Service&#8217;s first ship at the Liwatoni Fisheries Complex in Mombasa on 19 November. (Uhuru Kenyatta)

The OPV was built by Bangladesh’s Western Marine Shipyard and handed over to Kenya’s Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Agriculture in August 2017. It is 55 m long, has a helicopter landing deck and has three davits for launching boats. It was seen during the ceremony armed with a 20 mm Oerlikon gun.

Based at the Liwatoni Fisheries Complex in Mombasa, where the ceremony was held, the KCGS is tasked with protecting fisheries, enforcing maritime security and safety, preventing smuggling, protecting the maritime ecosystems, search and rescue, and supporting the military in times of war.

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