April 29, 2013
Nato warship set to dock at Mombasa port
By Philip Mwakio
ITS San Marco
A naval warship belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), which is part of allied forces combating piracy off the Horn of Africa, is expected to dock at the port of Mombasa on Labour Day.
ITS San Marco is part of the Nato Forces currently in Operation Ocean Shield alongside two other vessels, TCG Gokova (Turkey) and USS Nicholas of the United States of America Navy. A communiqué from Nato’s Allied Maritime Command Public Affairs Officer Lt Gwenn Laine dated April 26 says the warship, which also serves as Nato Forces flagship, ITS San Marco (contributed by the Italian Navy) will be in Kenyan waters for one week.
A tour will take place at sea on May 5 with ITS San Marco departing port with journalists on board. They will be transferred back to Mombasa by helicopter later in the afternoon. Nato is a key player in the collective endeavor of the international community to protect waterways in the Indian Ocean…