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    THE KENYA NAVY WAS OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED AT A CEREMONY ON MOMBASA HARBOUR ON WEDNESDAY. THE?

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    THE KENYA NAVY WAS OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED AT A CEREMONY ON MOMBASA HARBOUR ON WEDNESDAY. THE BRITISH ROYAL SEAWARD DEFENCE VESSEL, H.M.S. ABERFORD, WAS HANDLED OVER ON LOAN TO THE KENYA GOVERNMENT, WHILE THREE PATROL CRAFT FOR KENYA ARE BUILT IN BRITAIN. THE ABERFORD WAS RENAMED THE NYATI -- A SWAHILI WORD MEANING BUFFALO -- BY PRESIDENT KENYATTA.

    THE CEREMONY ABOARD THE VESSEL WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY THE REPLACING OF THE WHITE ENSIGN OF THE BRITISH NAVY BY THE NEW KENYA NAVY ENSIGN. THE NEW FLAG HAS A RED ANCHOR SET AGAINST A WHITE BACKGROUND. IN THE CORNER IS A MINIATURE OF THE KENYA NATIONAL FLAG.

    SEVERAL GOVERNMENT VISITORS AND GUEST WERE INVITED ABROAD THE SHIP FOR THE CEREMONY, AMONG THEM WAS KENYA'S DEFENCE MINISTER -- DR MUNGAI, THE FORMER LEADER OF THE EX-OPPOSITION PARTY KADU -- MR RONALD NGALA, AND THE MAYOR OF MOMBASA -- MR MSANIFU KOMBO. REPRESENTING THE ROYAL NAVY WAS THE FLAG OFFICER, MIDDLE EAST -- REAR ADMIRAL P.N. HOWES.

    DURING BRIEF SPEECHES, REAR ADMIRAL HOWES EXTENDED THE GOODWILL OF THE ROYAL NAVY TO THE NEW KENYA NAVY. HE OFFERED THE NEW FORCE ALL POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE WHENEVER IT WAS DESIRED. IN REPLY, PRESIDENT KENYATTA THANKED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT (REPRESENTED AT THE CEREMONY BY THE ACTING BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER, MR H.S.H. STANLEY) FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPLYING FINANCIAL AID AND PRACTICAL TRAINING ASSISTANCE TO THE NEW NAVY.

    AT THE END OF THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY, THE NYATI TOOK THE GUEST ON A TRIP AROUND MOMBASA HARBOUR.

    THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS SUPPLIED ONE-AND-A-QUARTER MILLION POUNDS TOWARDS THE SETTING UP OF THE KENYA NAVY. IN ADDITION A ROYAL NAVY TEAM HEADED BY COMMANDER E.M.C.WALKER WILL PROVIDE TRAINING FACILITIES FOR KENYA NAVY PERSONNEL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2707SL1Z85SE7R0X6XXGODE94
    Media URN:
    VLVA2707SL1Z85SE7R0X6XXGODE94
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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