Nairobi, – Kenya has placed its territorial waters under 24-hour military surveillance to ensure there is no spillover of pirate activities from the Somali coastline, says Chief of General Staff General Jeremiah Kianga.
A joint Kenyan Navy and Air Force response patrol unit has been activated along the country’s 600km coastline to fight against increasing piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, he said in Mombasa.
‘’We have intensified sea and air patrols in the Kenyan waters close to the troubled Somalia waters that is now firmly in the grip of piracy activities to secure and safeguard our shoreline’’ said General Kianga.
He was briefing the press on Monday at Mombassa’s Moi International Airport after flagging off two F-5 patrol attack aircraft and inspecting the state of preparedness of the military to the threats posed by piracy.
‘’The Kenyan military will not hesitate to hit back at Somali pirates who attempt to venture into our side of the border and secure its waters and to this end we have deployed more sophisticated firepower to deter piracy in Kenyan waters.
‘’The aircraft and naval ships will respond to any distress call received from ships plying the ocean,’’ said General Kianga, who was flanked by Navy Commandant Major General Samson Mwathethe.