Monday, September 26, 2016

“OBRONI” Complex Commissioned in Tamale

24 June 2016. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, has commissioned a 320-capacity accommodation unit for Air Force Personnel at the Air Force Base, Tamale, on Friday 24, June 2016.

In a speech read on behalf of the CDS, Air Vice Marshal Nagai commended the Base Commander, Air Commodore GS Evans, popularly addressed as “Obroni”, the Officers, Men and Civilian Employees of the Tamale Air Force Base, for the pivotal role they played towards the completion of the project.

The 82-room housing project, according to the CDS is expected to accommodate young Air Men and Women to enable the Base develop on its operational readiness and to meet the objectives of Command. It is also aimed at reducing the huge accommodation deficit in the Ghana Armed Forces to the barest minimum thereby improving on GAF’s operational capabilities.

He charged the Personnel especially those earmarked to occupy the newly commissioned complex to take very good care of the facility and adopt a high maintenance culture to ensure longevity of the complex. He again urged personnel to be disciplined, professional and vigilant in the performance of their duties especially towards the November general elections.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Nagai in later remarks expressed appreciation to the CDS. “This ceremony we are witnessing would have come to naught had it not been for the personal intervention of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Marshal Michal Samson-Oje, who in diverse ways ensured the success of the project” He said.


Ghana Navy gets new ship

24 June 2016. The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Sun Baohong has pledged to support the Government of Ghana in its quest to enhance maritime security by providing a vessel to the Ghana Navy.

Mrs Sun Baohong made this known when she presented documents of the proposal to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo on Friday 24 June, 2016 at the Naval Headquarters, Burma camp.

Accepting this noble offer, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo (CNS) expressed his gratitude for the kind gesture, saying it will facilitate the fight against the challenges faced at sea especially with the Gulf of Guinea becoming a major oil extraction spot making it prone to oil theft, piracy and robbery at sea.

He took the opportunity to express concerns and challenges faced by personnel of the Ghana Navy who embark on further studies and training programmes in China and asked for further interventions by the Chinese government.

Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo expressed his sincere gratitude for the visit by the Chinese Ambassador and her entourage and noted with optimism the successful and lasting relationship between the two nations.

Basic Training Course 78 Pass Out

10 June 2016. Two hundred and sixty-one recruits of Basic Training Course (BT) 78 have passed out of training on Friday 10 June, 2016 at the Basic and Leadership Training School (BLTS), Tema after successfully completing six months of intensive Standard Military and Basic Naval training.

The passing out parade held on the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Parade Square, was characterised by exciting drill displays that won the admiration of the public including families and friends of the passing out recruits.

During the period of training, subjects taught included Military Law, Minor Tactics, Weapon Training, Fire Fighting and Field Craft among others. They also went through Drill Instructions and Physical Training, which constituted the core of the training.

The Reviewing Officer for the parade, Commodore Steve Kwaku Darbo (rtd), in an address emphasised that their success in the profession depended on the extent to which they would apply the knowledge and training acquired, and their commitment to the welfare of society. He urged them to display maximum level of professionalism in all their endeavours.

Cdre Darbo (rtd) further urged the recruits to display utmost discipline, honesty and patriotism in the discharge of their duties, holding the banner of the Ghana Navy aloft and be good ambassadors of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Commanding Officer of the school, Lt Cdr Abu Zakaria administered the Oath of Allegiance. Awards were given to individual recruits who excelled in various aspects of the training.

The Overall Best Recruit award went to Rect Quaye Kelvin Felix while Rect Agbogli Pearl took ‘The Wheel’ award. Other award winners were Rect Osei Boateng Constance, Best in Academics, Rect Cobbinah Ato Anthony, Best in Drill award and Rect Otuwah Sam Deborah, Commanding Officer’s Special award.

La Dade Kotopon Solicits for Security Assistance

24 June 2016. The Justice and Security Sub Committee of the La Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Staff Brig Gen Sampson Adeti, at his office in Burma Camp on 24  June, 2016.

The aim of the visit was to solicit for help from the Ghana Armed Forces especially the army to help address the security challenges they face in the Municipality.  The Chairperson of the Committee, Madam Christiana Nkansah thanked the Ghana Armed Forces for their support in diverse ways.  She however called on the Ghana Armed Forces to restore military patrol in the Municipality as armed robbery attacks are on the increase.

Addressing the delegation, Brig Gen Adeti assured them that strategies would be developed towards intensifying security in the Municipality, in order to restore calm and that no individual has the right to destabilise the peace of the area and the nation at large.

The Chief of Staff also urged the delegation to advice their constituents not to resort to disputes in respect of lands belonging to the Ghana Armed Forces and desist from indiscriminately dumping off refuse along the shores of the sea and the lagoons.

The delegation used the opportunity to embark on a familiarization tour of the various headquarters (Army, Navy and Air force) and they were briefed about the operations of the Military.

CDS Honours Consul General Michel Haddad

21 June 2016. The Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Marshal Samson-Oje has honoured Ghana’s Consular General in Lebanon HE Michel Haddad, for the immense contribution and assistance he continues to render to Ghanaian peacekeepers in Lebanon. According to the CDS, Michel Haddad plays a pivotal role in sea freight transactions which ensures that not only does sea freight goods get to Ghana safely but also at good shipping rates.

Additionally Air Marshal Samson-Oje also stated that the Consular General has supported the Ghanaian battalions in so many ways including negotiating with various factions in south Lebanon, liaising with Lebanese government authorities and assisting Ghanaian battalion in the construction of a church.

Addressing Officers and Men during a Luncheon in honour of Michel Haddad, Air Marshal Samson-Oje expressed his heartfelt gratitude on behalf of GAF for the wonderful relationship that continues to grow from strength to strength.

He also commended him for his liaison with the Lebanese Foreign Affairs Ministry which facilitated the clearance of items at the port and subsequent movement to the operational area, hosting of medal day delegation and assisting Ghanaian community in Lebanon over the years among others.

Mr Michel Haddad on his part expressed appreciation for the warm reception offered him throughout the visit saying that he sees himself belonging to the family of the Ghana Armed Forces. He re-affirmed his commitment to support GAF and disclosed plans of introducing businessmen from Lebanon to invest in Ghana. He used the opportunity to congratulate the Service Chiefs for their appointment and wished them a successful career.

The ceremony was climaxed with Mr Haddad receiving a present from CDS in appreciation for his contributions towards GAF.

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