Saturday, December 3, 2016
Ghana Armed Forces
EU Ambassador to Ghana calls on CDS

 The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) presents plague to the European Union (EU) Ambassador His Excellency Claude Maerten.11 June 2013.  The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Claude Maerten has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie at his office on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 in Burma camp.

The visit was to strengthen the already existing mutual cooperation and partnership between Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and also to assess at possible areas develop news co operations.

Mr Maerten said the EU had decided to build a Maritime Information Training Centre in Ghana to help curb the piracy issues in the Gulf of Guinea. According to him, the Centre with the help of the Regional Maritime University will focus on Maritime Security, Maritime Justice Systems Drug Trafficking through the Gulf of Guinea and Money Laundering among others.

He also expressed concerns about the terrorist threats in the region especially in Mali and Northern Nigeria and discussed the possible ways of dealing with them.

The CDS in his response said, piracy on the high seas had become a global issue that needs to be tackled. He added that, arresting and prosecuting pirates is one of the areas that the country needs help. He said the country also needs intelligence assistance from the EU to solve these issues.

The CDS thanked the Ambassador and the EU for their continuous support and assistance to the country.

Provision of adequate accommodation and quality training are my top priorities - CNS

28-29 May 2013.  The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro has reiterated the need to ensure provision of adequate accommodation and quality training for Officers and Ratings of the Ghana Navy.

The CNS made this remark during his maiden visit to the Western Naval Command, Sekondi on Tuesday 28-29 May 2013.

Speaking at an all ranks durbar at the Sekondi Naval Base, the CNS urged the Naval personnel to also contribute their quota to building a great Navy, by remaining disciplined and exhibiting a high standard of professionalism.

Rear Admiral Biekro also cautioned troops to desist from any illegal activities that may tarnish the image of the Ghana Navy and Armed Forces as a whole.

He added that in a bid to help project the Ghana Navy countrywide there were plans afoot to establish Naval Cadet Corps in the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

The CNS used the opportunity to congratulate personnel who were due to retire from the service.  He further lauded those personnel and the civilian employees who had served the Ghana Armed Forces for decades with loyalty and commitment.

Real Admiral also advised personnel who had more years to serve to plan well for their families and use their resources judiciously.  “Spend quality time with your family, especially the children and also allow your wives to attend meetings of the Naval Wives Association,  through the sharing of ideas, they may pick up new strategies to support you,” he added.

As part of the two-day visit, the flag officer Commanding WNC, Cdre Godson Zowornoo, accompanied the CNS to inspect ongoing projects in the Command.

The CNS also paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Western Regional Minister, who was representing the Regional Minister.  Rear Admiral Biekro also called on the Municipa Chief Executive of Sekondi-Takoradi, Capt Anthony Cudjoe (rtd) and the Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketia v.

Accompanying the CNS were the Director of Supply Division  at the Naval Headquarters (NHQ) Cdr Francis Nyarko, the Director Technical Division NHQ, Cdr Wilson Tey  the Assistant  Director for Naval Operations and Intelligence Lt (GN) Paul Attare, the Dep Director Naval Administration Lt Cdr Osei Brobbey and the Assistant  Director Naval Training Lt  (GN) Prosper Korto.

Ghana Engineer Company 1in Mali to embark on Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Activities

7 May 2013. The Ghanaian Contingent serving under the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), Ghana Engineer Company 1 (GHENGCOY 1), is to embark on Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) projects within its area of operations.  This has become necessary due to the conflict in Mali, which has brought about destruction of lives and property as well as termination of on-going development projects.

In order to bring comfort to the people who have been affected by the war, different organisations were undertaking infrastructural projects such as schools, hospitals and roads to support the populace.  GHANENG COY 1 therefore intends to also support the Malians, within its capability.

Accordingly, a four-man delegation led by the Officer Commanding (OC) GHANENGCOY 1, Maj Ernest Nyuur, paid two separate visits to the Chief and Elders of Senou Village where GHANENGCOY is located, on 7 May and 9 May 2013 respectively.

In his remarks, Maj Nyuur explained that GHANENGCOY was not in Mali to only keep peace, but also to assist Senou and its environs with whatever technical expertise they possessed towards the restoration of social infrastructure.

In response, the Chief of Senou, Badien Couloubali, on behalf of his sub-chiefs and opinion leaders, expressed happiness and willingness to cooperate with GHANENGCOY in maintaining peace and in the provision of infrastructure in Senou.  He was also appreciative of GHANENGCOY’s peacekeeping efforts, adding that their presence alone in Senou was a source of security to them.

The GHANENGCOY delegation was subsequently conducted round two project sites which were top priority and of urgent need to the inhabitants.  The first was the stalled construction of an operation theatre at a hospital in Senou.  The other areas of assistance they required were the need for potable water, dual-desks, furniture, re-wiring and painting of some classrooms and provision of stationery for some schools.

Maj Nyuur later thanked the Chief and his Elders for the audience.  He assured them that his troops would provide quality work when approval of funds from AFISMA Headquarters was granted for the projects.

Forces Sergeant Major C Adu Yaw Retires from GAF

Friday 31 May 2013. The Forces Sergeant Major (FSM) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Adu Yaw Daniel, has formally retired from the Military after 37 years of distinguished service to the colours.  To mark his departure, a farewell ceremony was held in his honour at the forecourt of the Burma Hall in Burma Camp on Friday 31 May 2013.

In his farewell speech, the out-going FSM, CWO Adu Yaw, expressed gratitude for the support given to him by Officers, Men and Civilian employees during his tenure of office.  He further thanked the immediate past Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay, Service Chiefs and Directors General for their support, which enabled him perform his duties effectively.  He therefore requested for similar support for the incoming FSM, CWO Dickson Owusu.

In recognition of the immense contribution of CWO Adu Yaw to GAF, the Guest of Honour for the occasion, the Acting CDS, Rear Admiral Geoffery Mawuli Biekro presented a plaque depicting the staff of office of the FSM to him.

CWO Adu Yaw was appointed the Forces Sergeant Major on Wednesday 6 May 2009.  During his tenure, he helped in the smooth administration of GAF, particularly on matters affecting the interest and well being of Soldiers, Ratings and Airmen as well as their cordial relationship with Officers.

United Nations Assesses Ghanengcoy 1 Operational Capability

11 May 2013. A two-man Inspection, Assessment and Evaluation Team from the UN Headquarters, New York; Col FA Babatunde (rtd) and Lt Col Richard Grey, undertook a one-day operational capability assessment of the Ghana Engineer Company 1 (GHANENGCOY 1), serving with the Africa-Led Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) on 11 May 2013.

The aim of the inspection was in accordance with the UN policy to ensure that various contingents provide the needed major equipment, also known as Contingent Owned Equipment (COE), to meet their troops operational needs as required of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) operating under the Wet Lease system.

The team was conducted round by the Second-in-Command (21C) of the Company, Capt Maxwell Essuman and the GHANENGCOY Logistics Officer (LOGO), Maj David Naga Billa.  They inspected Troop Carrying Vehicles (TCVs), Computers and Communication Equipment among others.

The leader of the team, Col Babatunde later disclosed that in view of the planned take over the mission by the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), there was the need to also undertake an assessment of TCCs readiness to meet UN standards.

<< Start < Prev 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 Next > End >>

Page 67 of 111