Wednesday, August 27, 2014
CNS’s Togo and Ghana deliberate on way forward for the maritime security sector
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Naval Capt Attiogbe Ametipe (second from right) and Rear Admiral Quashie (second from left) in a goup phtograph after the meeting22 November 2012.   The Togolese Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Naval Capt Attiogbe Ametipe, has hinted on the need for all navies in the sub region to cooperate and work together to establish unity in order to achieve maximum goal in the maritime security sector.

Naval Capt Attiogbe Ametipe made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on Rear Admiral Matthew Quashie on Thursday 22 November 2012 to get first hand information on the Ghana Navy’s preparations towards a forth coming exercise code named “Exercise Obangame Express 2013” (OE 2013). He noted he had come to see how best the two navies could work together by sharing information and training together for a successful exercise in 2013.

Welcoming Naval Capt Attiogbe Ametipe and his entourage to his office, Rear Admiral Quashie expressed his admiration of the Togolese CNS’ step to collaborate with the Ghana Navy in acquiring knowledge and building team work before the exercise began in 2013. He was happy to join forces with his colleague in order to provide the needed assistance to each other in the form of resources and equipment for them to participate effectively and benefit from the exercise, “as neighbouring forces nobody can work for us unless we collaborate with each other for the needed assistance as most of the issues had to be done with resources” he added.

R/Adm Quashie was glad the partnership between the two countries which started some years ago was growing from strength to strength to their mutual benefit. He stated, his technical team would put things in place in order to see how best they could communicate for easy collaboration.

Naval Capt Ametipe on his part noted since Ghana and Togo were neighbors, there was the need for them to work together and share information, exercises and also train together.

Captain (GN) James Osei Kontoh, Director Naval Training, explained ‘OE 2013’ was to help develop the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) and ensure interoperability between navies in the region. It is also to foster a solid interoperability between and among participating countries and bodies in order to achieve a total maritime control over the Gulf of Guinea

He said this was the third time of exercise “Obangame Express”. He said Ghana Navy participated for the first time as an observer but was now going to participate with its vessel.

The delegation also paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay in his office at Burma Camp.