Somali President Hassan appoints new Navy Commandant

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed a new navy commander barely a day after returning from Eritrea where he met over a hundred navy soldiers who completed years-long training in the tiny country.

In a presidential decree, Major General Mubarak Abdiqani Muse was nominated as the new Commander of the Naval Forces.

The president instructed the new commander to speed up national plans for the reconstruction of the Somali Navy.

Gen. Mubarak was said to be one of the officers trained in Eritrea.

Somalia re-established navy forces in 2009 just two decades after the force collapsed with the overthrow of the late Somali government of former Somali President Mohamed Siyad Barre in 1991.