The Kenya Navy has launched its first-ever Marine Commandos Basic Training Course in a ceremony held at the Kenya Naval Training College. The 12-week course is being facilitated by the UK Royal Marines, and comprises 30 participants drawn from the Kenya Navy's Special Operations Squadron, including the Diving Unit, Special Boat Unit, and Marines (ranger regiment). The course is aimed at producing an elite and mission-capable Marine Corps that is specialized in neutralizing threats at sea and on land.
Speaking during the ceremony, Commandant Kenya Naval Training College, Colonel Eliud Keter, stressed the importance of military discipline, personal bearing, timeliness, professionalism, and respect for authority. He also emphasized the necessity of teamwork and cooperation among the trainees during the course.
The Commander SOS, Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Rono, noted that the course is critical to the Navy's efforts to form a fully-fledged Marine Corps, and that participants will gain skills in tactical combat casualty care, weapon handling techniques, close quarter battle, communications, and amphibious operations during the three-phase training.
The presence and expertise of the UK Royal Marines team were welcomed by Colonel Keter, who thanked the UK Government for its support and collaboration. The Royal Marines team expressed gratitude for being given the opportunity to train the first batch of Kenya Navy Marine Commandos and emphasized the challenge of training a more complicated case, where the Marines' culture of training is incorporated with UK Royal Marines Commandos values and standards.
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