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Ghana Armed Forces
WARRIOR CLASS SHIPS ARRIVE SOON
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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.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

 

 
446 ARMY RECRUITS PASS OUT
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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.48      July 2012

The Director General Joint Operations at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) General Headquarters, Brig Gen Daniel K Mishio, has cautioned young soldiers to distance themselves from partisan politics and focus on training to defend the State against all forms of threats, whether internal or external.
Brig Gen Mishio was speaking as the Reviewing Officer at the passing out parade of 446 recruits of Basic Infantry Training Course 1/12 at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS), Shai Hills, on Thursday 5 July 2012.

He noted, “You will be called upon, during the fourth coming elections and in collaboration with other stakeholders to provide security to ensure free, fair and transparent election. Remember that your performance of these tasks will require that you remain politically neutral and impartial, but fair and firm”.

He advised the young soldiers not to see their new career as an opportunity to constitute themselves into unauthorised law enforcement agencies, adding that unless they were under clear orders from their superior authority, they had no business undertaking debt collection, guarding lands or settling personal disputes without recourse to due process of the law.

Brig Gen Mishio asked them to be mindful of being lured by their own relatives and friends to undertake ventures that were illegal.

He reminded them of their oath to bear true and faithful allegiance to the Republic of Ghana and obey the orders of His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Reviewing Officer further asked the young soldiers to rise to the defence of the Constitution and always abide by the laws of the State including those of the Armed Forces.

The 446 young soldiers, all male, were taken through 23 weeks of training in drills, weapon handling and marksmanship, minor tactics, field craft and physical training. Additionally, they learnt military law, military history, first aid, map reading and junior leadership.

At the end of their training, Recruit Warrant Officer Damesi Israel Wisdom was adjudged the best all round recruit. He took three out of ten prizes at stake.

Signed

E AGGREY-QUASHIE
Lieutenant Colonel
for Director Public Relations

 
CDS INAUGURATES TWO PROJECTS AT MATS
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GHANA ARMED FORCES

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. 18 20 April 2012

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay inaugurated two projects; the Buchanan Conference Hall and the Aryiku Officer’s Mess at the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) at Teshie in Accra on Friday 20 April 2012.

The Buchanan Conference hall was formerly a Junior Division Block for training officers. It also served as a training block for cadets and was formerly known as the Myohaung Hall.  Troops from Ghana played an instrumental role in the annexing of Buchanan, a town in Liberia during the ECOMOG War. The Conference Hall which has a capacity of one hundred seats, was thus renovated and named the Buchanan Conference Hall in recognition of the gallant role of Ghanaian peacekeepers in Buchanan, Liberia.

The second project which was the Army Combat Training School Officers Mess was named after the late Major General Aryiku who was once the Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. CDS cut the tape to officially inaugurate the mess together with Mrs Marian Aryiku, the wife of the late Major General Aryiku.

During a briefing for the CDS, Lt Col Asare, the General Staff Officer Grade One (GSOI) of MATS discussed some challenges facing the unit.  He also requested for assistance to complete some on-going projects which include repair works at the Demo Lines and the construction of a Conference Hall for MATS. In his response, the CDS promised to do his best to ensure that the challenges were addressed.  He inspected on-going construction of the MATS Conference Hall.

The MATS Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Tahiru expressed his gratitude to the CDS for his support over the years. He appealed to the CDS to continue to support MATS towards the attainment of their goals as they strive to provide quality training for personnel in` the Ghana Armed Forces. 


Signed

VA ARHIN
Lieutenant Commander 
for Director Public Relations

 
REMAIN ABSOLUTELY NEUTRAL- CHIEF OF STAFF
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GHANA ARMED FORCES
 
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.38    June 2012           

The Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Commodore GM Biekro, cautioned troops to maintain their neutrality as we draw close to this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He emphasised that as soldiers, it was very important that we do not abuse the confidence reposed in the Armed Forces by the state. He was speaking during separate durbars with troops in Tamale, Yendi and Bawku when he paid a four day working visit to 6 Garrison Units between 11th and 15th June 2012 on a fact-finding mission.

The Chief of Staff disclosed that plans were far advanced to establish a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Western Region as part of measures to ensure security in the catchment areas of the oil fields. He  also disclosed  that two  new Diamond Aircrafts and four Helicopters have been acquired for surveillance and search and rescue operations in the country.

The Chief of Staff hinted that government has given the approval for the construction of 600 and 500 bed medical facilities at 37 Military Hospital and Kumasi Garrisons respectively.

He said as part of the Armed Forces modernization drive, an ultra modern pension house has been built in Burma Camp to administer retired service personnel in order to prevent the hustle they go through before accessing their pension benefits.

In another development, the Chief of Staff and his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Moses Bukari Magbenga in Tamale. The Minister commended the troops deployed in the region for their selflessness and devotion to duty. He acknowledged that but for the timely intervention of the military,- the recent violence in certain parts of the region would have slipped out of control. He urged the military to be proactive and avert such clashes in the future especially as we approach this year’s general elections.

The climax of the visit was the call on the Regent of Yendi, Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakuku Andani at the Naa Gbewaa-Palace. The Regent expressed concern about the numerous conflicts in the country saying “You know the conflict areas; you therefore need to concentrate your efforts in those areas”.  He appealed to the Military High Command to ensure that troops deployed in Yendi were well equipped to make them more effective.

The Chief of Staff later called on the Municipal Chief Executive of Bawku, Hon Musah Abdulai to express his appreciation for his support for troops deployed in Bawku
Cdre Biekro was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding Northern Command, Brigadier General Richard Opoku- Adusei, the Director General, Joint Operations, Brigadier General Daniel Mishio, Director General, Personnel Administration, Brigadier General BG Saagbul, Director of Lands at the Department of Logistics, Colonel Osabutey and other senior officers from the General Headquarters.
Signed

FK AMPOBI
Major
for Director Public Relations

 

 
MINUSMA GHANEGCOY 1 RECEIVES MEDALS IN GHANA
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COAS presenting a medal to Maj Nyuur.The first Ghanaian Peacekeeping troops of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission In Mali (MINUSMA), Ghana Engineer Company 1 (GHANEGCOY1), who successfully completed their one year duty tour and returned home early this year, were on 30 September, 2014, presented with their United Nations medal, at the 48 Engineer Regiment, Teshie, Accra.

The 125 all male contingent, under the command of Maj Ernest Nyuur of 48 Engineer Regiment, which formed the nucleus of the contingent, came back home without their medal in the mission area due to the fact that the mission had to transit from African-led International Support mission in Mali (AFISMA) to UN (MINUSMA), and by the time the process of take-over was through, the troops were due to be rotated without the medals being ready.

They, therefore, came home without receiving their medals, which were presented to them yesterday, 30 September, 2014. The presentation ceremony was planned to coincide with the visit of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei, who decorated 17 of the 125 personnel on parade, after he had inspected the guard of honour mounted by personnel of the unit.

He commended the personnel for raising the flags of Ghana high among other contingents in Mali and also for exhibiting a high standard of discipline without bringing the Ghana Armed Forces as well as the nation’s name into disrepute. He, therefore, entreated other peacekeepers to emulate the examples of MINUSMA GHANENGCOY 1.

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei used the occasion to commission a refurbished multi-purpose Unit Hall, executed from the Unit’s internally-generated funds.

Later at an all ranks durbar, the COAS charged soldiers to try to build upon the existing cordial civil- military relations, and should not engage in acts such as bullying civilians to destroy the relationship.


He commended the Unit for wining some contracts and was happy that most of the contracts had been successfully executed, saying that was good for the image of the Unit in bidding for future contracts.

The commanding officers of 48 Engineer Regiment, Lt Col Richard Kinney, briefed COAS on the achievement and challenges of the unit and appealed to him to help in solving them. He congratulated the troops of the MINUSMA for their immense contributions.

COAS rounded his visit up with an inspection of some heavy equipment in the unit, such as Military Boats, Mantrac Vehicles, and Bridging parts which were brought into the country through a memorandum of understanding between the government of Ghana and the German Military Advisory Group, led by Lt Col Juergen Kunz, to train the Ghana Engineering Component of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Standby Force.

THE Director of Administration at the Army Headquarters, Col John Asabre, the Army Secretary, Col Johnson Akou-Adjei, the Director Army Operations, Col Robert Yaw Affram, and some senior officers were present during the visit.


 
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