The US Naval Sea Systems Command is seeking to acquire six 4.7 metre-long rigid inflatable boats for the Kenyan Navy to boost its capabilities in the conduct of maritime security operations.
In a solicitation notice published on the Federal Business Opportunities register on June 29, the command said the company sought will service the Kenyan order under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme which supports the growth and development of partner militaries across the world.
This FMS order also includes 25 inflatable boats for the Philippines.
“This is a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement for thirty-one (31) 4.7-meter inflatable boats, Unique Item Identification (UID), and Provisioned Item Order (PIO) spares,” reads the main body of the notice.
According to the notice, each boat will be made up of at least four air-tight inflatable compartments and have the capacity to accommodate up to 10 personnel. The command specifically stated that each of the Kenyan boats should be powered by a Yamaha 55 horsepower multi-fuel outboard engine.
No date has been set for delivery. The Kenyan Navy has over the past few years acquired several patrol boats to boost maritime security following the advent of maritime piracy and regionally-focused terrorism in neighbouring Somalia.
The last major US government donation to the Kenyan Navy was of six patrol boats in 2006. The donation included spares, equipment and supplies. The US Navy operates a base at the Kenyan island of Manda Bay and has over the years offered counter-terrorism skills training to the Kenyan Navy.