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Joint statement by the Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana Journalists Association on the impasse resulting from the alleged assault of press photographers on 6 March 2013
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     Release No.17  8 May 2013

The Ghana  Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) have resolved to bury their differences emanating from the alleged assault on two journalists on 6 March 2013, and rather work together to ensure the country’s growth and development.

At a meeting held at the General Headquarters in Burma Camp on Wednesday 8 May 2013, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, declared as ‘null and void’ the military’s investigative report on the alleged incident. He emphasised that the report was originally intended for the GJA and Ghanaian Times to peruse for further deliberations.

He rendered an unqualified apology on behalf of GAF to the two victims and the GJA. He further called for maximum cooperation and collaboration between the media and the military since they need to understand each other’s role as they will continuously work together in all future national events.

The President of GJA, Dr Affail Monney, expressed gratitude to the CDS for granting them audience and also apologising to the two victims. He acknowledged that the media backlash could have been avoided if a better approach had been used to resolve the incident.

He called on the media to desist from further attacks on the military since the issue had been resolved and rather focus energies on collaboration and cooperation in order to prevent a re-occurrence.

There was consensus at the end of the meeting that security was paramount and therefore in the execution of their duties both the media and the military should work according to laid down regulations and within the parameters given.

Signed                                                                               Signed

Mathew Quashie                                                            Affail Monney
Vice Admiral                                                                 President, GJA
Chief of the Defence Staff


 



 
OUT-GOING BRITISH DEFENCE ATTACHÉ PAYS FAREWELL VISIT TO CDS
Press Release

Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     Release No. 15 April 25, 2013         

The out-going Defence Attaché (DA) in Ghana, Lt Col Gash, has paid a farewell call on the Chief of the Defence (CDS), at his office in Burma camp on Thursday 25 April 2013.  He was accompanied by the in-coming DA, Lt Col Bernard Richards.

In an interaction with the CDS, Lt Col Gash expressed gratitude to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for the good working relationship he had enjoyed during the three years in Ghana as the DA. He said based on that, he had been able to build on the strong ties existing between GAF and the British Armed Forces.

The outgoing DA who was also responsible for Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Mali, said the British Armed Forces’ support towards GAF’s participation in the African-Led Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), is an attestation to the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

For his part, the CDS, Vice Admiral Quashie expressed gratitude to Lt Col Gash for the good works and services he had rendered to GAF. He noted that the GAF has benefited a lot from the British Armed Forces during the tenure of Lt Col Gash.

The CDS wished him well in all future endeavours and welcomed the in-coming DA, Lt Col Richards. He stated that the doors of the GAF were opened to the incoming DA and that GAF was poised to work with him to build on the good relations established during the tenure of Lt Col Gash.

Following the farewell call, GAF held a luncheon in honour of Lt Col Gash during which GAF presented gifts to him and his spouse. A Citation accompanying the gifts acknowledged the out-going DA’s immense contribution to the growth of GAF and British Armed Forces’ relations.

It also gave him recognition as a true friend of GAF and a strong catalyst of the British Armed Forces, since his appointment as DA on 25 March 2010.

Signed

MA LARBI
Lieutenant Commander
For Director Public Relations

 
BRITISH CDS CALLS ON GAF CDS
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Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Release No.1 February 2013           

A seven-member delegation from the British Armed Forces led by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Sir David Richards, called on the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay in his office on Saturday 2 February 2012.

According to Gen Sir Richards, the visit was to strengthen the long standing relationship between the British Armed Forces and the Ghana Armed Forces. He said it was also for the British Armed Forces to see how best they could assist GAF, in terms of providing the needed training and equipment to deploy Ghana’s troops to assist in restoring peace and security in Mali.

Gen Sir Richards noted that the British Armed Forces would among other things provide air lift assistance to help in transporting Ghanaian troops to Mali. He added that they would be committing a transport aircraft to transport the troops. 

Lt Gen Blay, in his remarks, expressed his appreciation to Gen Sir Richards and the British Armed Forces in general for their unflinching support to GAF and Ghana as a whole.

Touching on Mali, Lt Gen Blay noted that Ghana would have loved to commit more troops to aid in restoring peace in the country but because of its commitment to other United Nations Peace Support Operations around the globe, Ghana could only deploy a limited number of troops.

He was very grateful to the British Armed Forces for opting to provide the required training and equipment, especially the transport aircraft, for the Ghanaian troops to deploy to Mali.

The British delegation later called on the President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of GAF, HE John Dramani Mahama.

Members of the British delegation included Maj Gen Alex Storrie, Assistant CDS Military Strategy, Col Charlie Storrie, Chief of Staff, Permanent Joint Headquarters, Lt Col Tom Tugendhat, Military Assistant and Lt Col Ben Edwards.

The delegation was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Ghana, HE Dr Peter Hayes and Lt Col Anton Gash, the UK Defence Attaché in Ghana.

Signed

E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Lieutenant Colonel
for Director Public Relations

 

 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF LATE LIEUTENANT COLONEL BLOOD-ADZRAKU
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PRESS RELEASE

Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Release No. 26 February 2012           


The Ghana Armed Forces, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG), the Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) of the Ghana Armed Forces and the entire Blood-Dzraku family regrets to announce the death of our beloved Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Hester Blood-Adzraku (rtd) which sad event occurred at the 37 Military Hospital on 23rd December 2012.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

a.    The body will be laid in state on Friday 1 March 2013 at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Hope Congregation, Sakumono at 09300 hours.

b.    Burial Service and internment in on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Have-Etoe in the Volta Region at 0900 hours.

c.    There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday 10 March 2013 at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Hope Congregation, Sakumono at 0930 hours.

All friends and loved ones are cordially invited to join in mourning our beloved Lt Col Jacob Hester Blood-Adzraku (rtd).


Signed

E ASSAN
Major
For Director Public Relations





 
WARRIOR CLASS SHIPS ARRIVE SOON
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Public Relations Directorate, General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra
Tel: +233-302775665 Fax: +233-302772241 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Release No.49    July 2012

The Ghana Navy on Friday, 29 June 2012 took delivery of two newly refitted naval vessels at a ceremony held at Neue Tadewerft, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.  This brings to seven the number of vessels acquired for the Ghana Navy in the last three years.  The two ships have been named after two distinguished warriors, Yaa Asantewaa and Naa Gbewaa.

The Minister for Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith (rtd), assisted by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral M Quashie, received the Warrior Class vessels on behalf of Ghana.

In an address, Lt Gen Smith commended the Ghana Navy compliments of the ships, made up 14 officers and 56 ratings, for their hard work during their stay in Germany.  The Naval personnel were in Germany for familiarization training on the vessels.  He also congratulated the manufacturers for a good work done and asked the Ghana Navy and the Chief of the Naval Staff in particular to take very good care of the ships.

The vessels, GNS YAA ASANTEWAA and GNS NAA GBEWAA, have since set sail for Ghana and are expected to arrive home in a few weeks time.

Signed

E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Lieutenant Colonel
for Director Public Relations

 

 
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