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FOC Western Naval Command Donates LCD TV to CPO’s and PO’s Mess

17 May 2013. The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) the Western Naval Command (WNC), Cdre Timothy Samuel Appiah has donated a 24 inch LCD television to the Chief Petty Officers’ (CPO’S) and Petty Officers’ (PO’s) Mess, located at the Ghana Navy Supply Depot (GNSD) in Takoradi on Friday 17 May 2013.

The FOC made the presentation during the re-commissioning of the Mess.  The Mess which has been abandoned for a very long time was refurbished through the support of the FOC and members of the Mess.

In his remarks, the Guest of Honour, Cdre Appiah commended the PMC, Fleet Chief Petty Officer Lawrence Nii Anang and his members for their contributions and efforts towards the re-opening of the Mess and urged them to go the extra mile to maintain the place.

He also advised them to organise more recreational activities to enhance Mess life and to provide facilities to enable them open the Mess to the public for special programmes such as weddings and other activities to generate income to maintain the Mess.

The Deputy Western Regional Minister Hon Ekow Alfred Gyan graced the occasion.

Cdre Godson Zowonoo assumes Command as FOC Western Naval Command

20 May 2013. The former Flag Officer Fleet (FOF) at the Western Naval Command (WNC), Cdre Godson Kwabla Zowonoo has been appointed the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of WNC and 2 Garrison Commander on Sunday,19 May 2013.  He therefore replaces Cdre Timothy Samuel Appiah who served as the FOC from April 2009 to May 2013.

The Handing/Taking over ceremony took place at the Navy United Church at the Naval Base, Sekordi.  Apostle Francis Oppong Ankomah, the Guest Preacher said special prayers for both the outgoing and incoming FOCs and asked for God’s continuous protection and guidance for them.

Cdre Zowonoo expressed gratitude to God on his new appointment.  He assured personnel that he would seek God’s wisdom and direction to be able to perform his duties and also to build on what his predecessors had done.  He promised to do his best to ensure the smooth running of the Command irrespective of some foreseen challenges.

The ceremony was climaxed with the signing of the handing/taking over certificates and the handing over of the Command Helm from the outgoing FOC to the incoming FOC.

Earlier, Cdre Appiah inspected a Guard of Honour made up of three (3) Officers and 48 Ratings.  He expressed appreciation to the personnel and all others who supported in diverse ways to make his tenure a smooth one.

CNS Urges Naval Personnel to maintain professionalism and contribute meanfully to National Development

24 May, 2013. The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Biekro has pledged to work relentlessly to maintain a professional and well-motivated Navy, principled and highly responsive in contributing to the national development agenda, while maintaining the time tested traditions of the Service.

He has therefore entreated personnel to provide the needed support in building the desired Navy. “I want you to know that I cannot do it alone. I want you to carry this vision on your shoulders and run along with me. I will need your support by way of loyalty, commitment, discipline and hard work” he added.

Rear Admiral Biekro made these remarks on his maiden visit to the Eastern Naval Command, Tema, on Friday 24 May 2013, on his assumption of office as the Chief of the Naval Staff.

He further charged personnel to continue to remain disciplined as it constituted the benchmark of the profession. “Discipline as you are aware is the hallmark of our profession. I will not condone any act of indiscipline,” he cautioned.

Rear Admiral Biekro also advised personnel to eschew any get-rich-quick tendency, noting that, “a man’s happiness does not reside in acquiring material things alone but by being content with what he has.  You cannot engage in any illegal activity in our uniform.  Indeed you must eschew the tendency to get rich quick and avoid living beyond your means,” he emphasised.

On training, Rear Admiral Biekro disclosed that plans were underway to re-introduce personnel at tri-service units to the naval traditions. He said such personnel would be given a two-week orientation course so that they can speak the naval language and do things the naval way.

The CNS also noted that though numerous challenges faced the Navy, the   provision of adequate accommodation for personnel would be his top priority. He described as sad, the prevailing situation where only 11% of naval personnel were living in military accommodations.

Earlier, Rear Admiral Biekro inspected a colourful guard of honour mounted for him. He was later briefed by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) the Eastern Naval Command, Commodore Steve Darbo. He then inspected the Hansen and Foreman Blocks, Senior Rates Mess, the proposed Recruits Drill Shed under construction and the Boat Maintenance facility. Other facilities he inspected were: the Maritime Operations Centre, Command Armoury Building, Sick Bay and the Ratings’ accommodation.

Accompanying the CNS on the visit were his Staff Officers: Commander Wilson Tay, Director Technical Division (DTD), Commander Francis Nyarko, Director Supply Division (DSD) and Lt Commander Festus Osei Brobey, Acting Deputy Director Naval Administration, Lt (GN) PC Korto, Assistant Director Naval Training and Lt (GN) PV Attare Asst Director, Naval Intelligence.

US Defence Attaché to Ghana Commissions Medical Laboratory at 2BN

22 May 2012. The United States Marine Corps Senior Defence Official and Defence Attaché to Ghana, Lt Col Keith  Blakely has commissioned a refurbished Medical Laboratory at the 2 Medical Reception Station (2MRS) at Takoradi on Wednesday, 22 May 2013.

The US Department of Defence HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme (DHAPP), refurbished and equipped the Laboratory at a cost of $85,000.00.

The Laboratory is to assist the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in developing and implementing military-specific HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes, counseling, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted affections among others.

The Director General Medical, Cdre Roland Sowa, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff expressed gratitude to the US Government for their support and key role they have played in training, resourcing and equipping the Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana at large. 

He urged the Staff of 2MRS to be professional in handling the equipment in order that they serve the intended purpose for a long time. 

The Commanding Officer of the 2 Infantry Battalion, Lt Col George Sam disclosed that the Laboratory will serve personnel of the 2 Garrison and its surrounding communities and also provide free medical screening for all 2 Garrison personnel including civilian employees and their dependents.

Train Youth to Carry on the Noble Work of the African Renaissance - Hon Mark Owen Woyongo

25 May 2013.  The Minister for Defence, Hon Owen Woyongo, has called for the need to enlighten, train, equip and inspire the youth to carry on the noble work of the African Renaissance. He noted that for Africans to be able to renew their commitment to stay the course of unity, progress and democracy, it was important that the youth draw inspiration from the wisdom and heroic deeds of the forebears, who marched together as one people with one destiny under the banner of Pan Africanism.

The Minister for Defence made these observations in his address during the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of OAU/AU Africa Day Flag Raising Ceremony, at the forecourt of the State house on Saturday, 25 May 2013.

He recounted that exactly fifty Years ago on 25 May 1963, the World recorded a landmark, monumental and historic event, when the leaders of the independent African States gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to sign the Charter to create the Organisation of African Unity (AOU). “This laid the foundation stone for the long march, which was envisaged by the illustrious founding fathers of Pan Africans that Africa must unite.” He added.

Hon. Mark Woyongo stated that the success of Ghana’s independence struggle inspired hundreds of millions of Africans to intensify their own struggle, in order to cast off the yoke of colonial and racial bondage to reclaim their freedom and dignity.

He emphasized that the OAU had come and gone, but its historical legacies remained, as the African Union, its successor, a pro-active Union, founded by Africans, for Africans to find African solutions to African Problems, was in place.

“In the last two decades, Africa has managed to transform itself from an object of ridicule and scorn, dubbed a hopeless and basket-case continent, to one of growing prosperity, stability and respectability. After a long struggle Africa has various Regional Economic Communities (RECs) such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the southern African Development Community (SADC), the Arab Maghreb Union and the East African Development (EAC). The foundation has therefore been laid for the establishment of the African Economic Community (AEC),” said the Defence Minister.

On his part, the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, HE Sini Pierre Sanou, who is also the Burkinabe Ambassador to Ghana, stated that the Golden Jubilee celebrations should serve as benchmark to promote understanding, unity and solidarity to achieve the goal and vision of Africa.

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