By Mourice Seretta
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday presided over the handing over of presidential and regimental colours to the Kenya Navy Base Manda, Lamu County.
The historic event elevates the operational autonomy of the Kenya Navy Base at Manda Bay making it a more geo-strategic military installation for national, regional and global security operations.
The presidential colour is the greatest honour bestowed upon a military unit in recognition of exceptional service to the nation during peace and war time while regimental colour is a flag bearing the symbols associated with the unit which is carried as a mark of identification.
The President also officially inaugurated a Trauma Centre at the Navy Base. The Centre will provide medical support to both Kenya Defence Forces and officers from other multi-agency security teams deployed in the area.
He also laid a wreath of flowers at the monument of fallen soldiers at the Navy Base.
He was received by Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma and Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi.