U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec attended the Kenyan Navy's Special Boat Unit closing ceremony on October 24 and participated in the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Kenyan Special Boat Unit Maintenance facility. Ambassador Godec met with Kenyan Brigadier General John Owaru and was given a tour of the Mombasa Port Control Tower. Prior to the closing ceremony, the Ambassador was given a tour of the boat maintenance facility, which was donated by the United States to the Kenyan Navy to assist with maritime security operations. In his remarks, Ambassador Godec sad, "Today is an historic day for Kenya, and the United States is proud to be a part of it. Our partnership with Kenya continues to be one of our most important relationships in the world in a broad array of areas, including security and counter-terrorism."
Later that day, the Ambassador, United States Senior Defense Officer Col. John Roddy, and Kenyan Brigadier General Owaru also participated in the tree planting ceremony. The three tree's that were planted symbolized the enduring relationship between the United States, Kenya, and the Naval forces of both countries. Following the tree planting ceremony the Ambassador handed out graduation certificates to Kenyan Special Boat Unit participants.
Godec said, "U.S. training programs and infrastructure improvements account for more than $20 million - that's 1.7 billion KSH - invested by the United States into building the capabilities of the Kenyan Navy." He added, "The United States is proud to be partner to Kenya, and to support Kenya as it becomes a regional leader in securing the maritime zone. The Kenyan Navy is truly a maritime regional partner. I look forward to seeing the new ways in which our two countries' relationship will grow."