Sailors from HMS Westminster team up with Kenyan navy’s pirate-busters

MISSION HMS Westminster's Royal Marine Boarding Team demonstrate to the Kenyan Navy how they embark vessels
MISSION HMS Westminster's Royal Marine Boarding Team demonstrate to the Kenyan Navy how they embark vessels

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HMS Westminster’s pirate-busters trained with the Kenyan navy when the Portsmouth-based warship visited Mombasa.

Royal Marines and Westminster’s boarding team put the Kenyans through their paces at a time when it’s hoped the nation can help step up the front-line fight against Somalian piracy.

‘The Kenyan navy are well trained, well prepared and brimming with enthusiasm,’ said Lieutenant Carl Isherwood.

As well as exercising with local forces, the frigate was used to promote trade ties between the UK and East Africa and launch an initiative by Anglo-Kenyan authorities to keep tourists and mariners safe. UK’s minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, visited the ship with Mombasa’s business and trade leaders to hold talks about developing the port as a gateway for trade to East Africa.