By Samuel Ouma
Today, Kenya Air Force (KAF), on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, commissioned the newly acquired C-145 Skytruck aircraft.
The aircraft was commissioned at Moi Air Base, a military camp in Nairobi east, in a ceremony attended by Kenya Air Force (KAF) Commander Major General Francis Ogolla and US Defence Air Attaché to Kenya Major Matthew Yan.
Other attendees included US Defence Mobile Training Team (MTT), KAF Senior Officers, Base Commander Moi Air Base Brigadier Peter Githinji, and other officials.
Major General Francis Ogolla revealed that the multi-purpose aircraft was acquired through Excess Defence Article (EDA) following the signing of the Kenya United States Liason Office (KUSLO) agreement by two governments. The deal was signed on April 4, 2017.
The aircraft will enhance KFA operations, said Major Ogolla.
On his part, Major Matthew Yan lauded the Kenyan government for cooperation and assured of the American government continued support.
The twin-engine aircraft can be used for VIP and passenger transportation, cargo transportation, insertion, and casualty evacuation.
Moreover, it can support both air, land, and airdrop of cargo and personnel, casualty evacuation, combat search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations, according to the US Airforce.
On February 14, 2020, KAF commissioned C-27J Spartan aircraft, which replaced that retired in 2014. C-27J Spartan has the capability of airlifting heavy equipment, helicopters, and marine equipment.