The Kenyan patrol ship KNS Shujaa has returned from a 21-month midlife refit and training voyage, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 3 July.
The refit was carried out in the Netherlands by Damen Shipyards, and was received by Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Defence Raychelle Omamo in Mombasa.
The Kenyan Ministry og Defense released a photograph showing the ship’s 76 mm main gun had been removed this may be reinstalled now that the vessels is back in Kenya.
The vessel is one of two Shupavu class large patrol boats built by Gondan shipyard in Spain – the sister ship is the KNS Shupavu. They were acquired in 1997 and both are armed with 76 and 30 mm guns.
In March, 2018, the United States donated six units of Metal Shark patrol boats to the Kenyan Navy on 27th February, 2017, bringing the total number to 10.