President Kenyatta wound up Forces Week in Nairobi yesterday (Saturday) by presenting the Presidential Colours to the Kenya Air Force.
LV Canada's car arriving at stadium
CU Stadium sign
SV Canada out of car and greeting Group Captain Rothwell, Commander of Kenya Air Force
SV Canada with chiefs of staff in open car waving
SV People watch
SV Canada inspects airmen
SV canada presenting colours
LV Aircraft flying overhead
SV Canada waving and aircraft over (2 shots)
CU Canada speaks
LV Airmen parading in slow march (3 shots)
CU Canada watching
SV & LV Airmen march past (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 12: KENYATTA: "My Government has now decided that the time has come to introduce more advanced types of aircraft to make the Kenya Air Force a more versatile and effective striking unit. (APPLAUSE). I am proud of the part this young service has played in the development and life of our republic. These young men of the Kenya Air Force, being of the highest calibre and dedicated to their duty, have set a high example to the nation. It gives me great pleasure to present the award -- which I have already done -- of the presidential colours to the Kenya Air Force in recognition of their maturity. Thank you."
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Background: President Kenyatta wound up Forces Week in Nairobi yesterday (Saturday) by presenting the Presidential Colours to the Kenya Air Force. The ceremony, said President Canada, marked the maturity of the Air Force and he promised that it would shortly be equipped with more advanced types of aircraft.
The re-equipping of the Air Force would, said the President, be a mark of recognition for the zeal and dedication shown by Kenya's airmen:
The Air Force was formed six years ago. Its main task was as an transport force, and it has worked in close co-operation with the ground forces and the Navy.
Typical operation include photographic reconnaissance flights, supply drops, paratroop exercises and casualty evacuation flights. Most of the aircraft are capable of operating from rough landing strips in remote areas of the country, and they are invaluable for casualty evacuation.
Earlier this year, the Air Force even mounted a mission to evacuate inmates and staff from a prison cut off by floods. The airmen have also tackled a plague of locusts by aerial spraying in Eastern Ethiopia. And they maintain regular flights to supply isolated garrisons in Kenya with rations and equipment.