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Naval Rating Drowns During Patrol around the Jubilee Oil Fields
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.63   3 November 2013

The Ghana Navy last Friday 1 November 2013 lost one of its ratings during a patrol around the Jubilee Oil Fields.

Ordinary Seaman Assan Emmanuel drowned near the oil fields when gusty winds capsized the life boat carrying him and others during the patrol.

As part of its routine operational patrols of the oil fields and the western border, Ghana Navy Ship (GNS).  Yaa Asantewaa sailed to the operational area on 31 October 2013.  At about 1000 hrs on Friday 1 November 2013, two fishing vessels were sighted engaged in fishing around the Jubilee Oil Fields.  The vessels were accosted and stopped for boarding, search and seizure.

Two teams comprising three offices and six ratings in addition to a boat crew of two were detailed to search the vessels.  The teams successfully boarded and investigated the two fishing vessels and found out that they were operating within the law.

The two naval teams then returned to the Navy sip in the life boat.  While the life boat was alongside the ship seven of the personnel first went on board leaving the boat’s crew and the two other boarding team members, on e of whom was Ordinary Seaman Assan Emmanuel.

Just when the two boarding team members were ready to go on board the ship, a strong wave hit the life boat and the ship’s causing sea water to enter the life boat.  The stability of the life boats was affected causing it to capsize.  All the personnel on board were wearing life jackets as required.  The life jacket of three of the personnel inflated automatically but that of Ordinary Seaman Assan failed to activate automatically.   Emergency activation procedures conducted by the others to assist inflate his life jacket failed and his colleagues lost contact with him as he went down quickly due to the swift and strong current around the Jubilee fields. 

A search commenced immediately in the general area.  When it was apparent that Ordinary Seaman Assan could not be seen, the ship returned to harbour at Sekondi on Saturday at about 1500 hours.

Fishing villages from Elmina to Half Assini have been requested to assist retrieve the remains of the rating as the search continues.  

The Minister for Defence, Hon Mark Woyongo, and the Military High Command express their deep condolences to the bereaved family.


M ATINTANDE              
Director Public Relations

Let’s Establish Maintenance Culture in GAF – Brig Gen Musah (rtd)

9 January 2015.    Brig Gen Braimah Musah (rtd) has urged personnel of the 48 Engineer Regiment to have a well-established maintenance culture, since their construction role in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) depends on mBrig Gen Braimah Musah (rtd) addressing the gathering odern efficient equipment.

He noted that the Unit’s primary operational role is to support the fighting Units of the Armed Forces, thus the need to train and constantly practice to be able to execute these tasks effectively and efficiently. He therefore charged everybody in the Great Sapper Fraternity to hold the flag of the Unit high and aspire to excel in whatever capacity they found themselves.

Brig Gen Musah, who was the guest of honour, said this during the end of year, 2014 West African Soldiers Social Activities  (WASSA) held at the Coker-Appiah square of the 48 Engineer Regiment (Regt) on 9 January, 2015.

He commended the Unit for their rapid and swift response to emergency situations over the period, together with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), in flooding,operations and social interventions in the areas of roads and building constructions and other national emergencies. 

Brig Gen Musah congratulated the Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Adjei Wiafe, Engineer Training School (CAETS) for his innovation and effort at introducing new courses including disaster management at the school and also, for attaining a second cycle institution status recognized by the Ghana Education Service to train, improve and prepare soldiers for the task ahead.

He acknowledged awards for  outstanding performances given to the best instructor, best Sapper, best school and the best five pupils who excelled in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and added, “this should push you on to achieve higher laurels.”

Brig Gen Musah also used the occasion to bid farewell to the 1988/89 year groups who have served the colours for over 25 years and welcomed them to the retired sappers’ fraternity.

The Commanding Officer (CO) of the unit, Lieutenant (Lt) Colonel (Col) Richard Agbeko Kinney, commended all personnel in the Unit and the Coker Appiah Engineer Training School for the distinctive discharge of their duties both in the Service and the civil front.

He described the occasion as an event of thanks giving to the Almighty God, merry-making, appreciation and acknowledgement of hard work, dedication to duty, and display of loyalty during the past year.

Lt Col Agbeko in his remarks thanked Brig Gen Musah for making time with them and urged personnel of the Unit to show equal commitment, hard-work and loyalty to ensure success in all future deployment.

The CO immensely thanked Lt Col KuntCO 48 Regiment, Lt Col Kinney Agbeko addressing the gathering.z and his German Advisory Group (GMAG) for their unflinching support. He also appreciated the continuous support of the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB), GOIL Ghana Limited, United Africa Bank (UBA) Teshie branch, and Ghana Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

A minute silence was observed in honour of the departed souls of the unit within the year, 2014.

Present at the WASSA were; GOC Southern Command Brig Gen Sampson Kudjo Adeti, Maj Gen Richardson Baiden (rtd), Maj Gen Adu-Amanfoh (rtd), Maj Gen Modey (rtd),  Col Coker-Appiah (rtd), Senior Officers both serving and retired, the Kpeshie Divisional Police Commander ACP Gyan Kyereko, the Municipal Chief Executive of  La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly  (LADMA) and Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA), the MD ADB Mr Steve Kpordzi, the MD GOIL Mr Akorli, Commanding Officers, officers, Men, Women Civilian Employees, and Spouses.

Let us remain professional-CDS
General News

CDS, Lt Gen Blay in a hand shake with Regent of Yendi, Kampaku Yaa-Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani 5 October 2012. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, has called on personel of 6 Garrison in the Northern Region to remain focused, professional, and neutral in the discharge of duties especially during the forthcoming general elections. He asked them to be alert and vigilant wherever they were deployed.

The CDS charged the troops to continue to play their supportive role by working together with the Civil- Police including the ElectoralCommission (EC) to ensure a successful election. Lt Gen Blay made these remarks at a Durbar with troops of Yendi Municipal area on Friday 5 October 2012 during his visit to 6 Garrison.

The durbar was meant for the CDS to interact with the troops, know how they were fairing in the discharge of their duties and also listen to their challenges and see how best GAF administration could address them. Lt Gen Blay arrived in 6 Garrison as the head of a four- member delegation from Accra, to assess the operational readiness of troops of the Garrison towards the general elections.

The Officer Commanding (OC) of Yendi Detachment, Capt Samuel Owusu Kwakye, briefed the CDS and his entourage on the operational, administrative and logistics state of the Detachment. He noted the Detachment was currently facing challenges such as lack of patrol vehicles, inadequate water supply, computer and printer for basic administration duties.

The CDS and his entourage also called on the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Hon Issah Zacharia. The MCE briefed the CDS on activities of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) in ensuring a violence free election in the Municipality. He also led the delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Regent of Yendi, Kampaku Yaa-Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani at the Gbewaa palace.

Lt Gen Blay urged all parties in the municipality to exercise restraints while avenue were being created for the dialogue and negotiation. He expressed appreciation on behalf of the Minister of Defence and the military High Command to the Regent and elders for their support of troops in the municipality.

The Regent commended troops for their professionalism and timely intervention in crisis at major flash points in the Yendi Metropolise. He called on the military high command to increase the strength of troops in the municipality especially as the elections approached.

The CDS and his entourage also visited Wa in the Upper West Region where a similar durbar was organised at the Wa-Naa’s palace. The entourage also paid a courtesy call on the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon Alhaji Amiu Amidu Suleman, in his office at the Regional Coordinating Council.

At Wa, the CDS and his team again held a durbar with the troops to interact and educate them on their roles and duties during the forthcoming general elections. He commended them for their professionalism and reiterated the need for them to be more vigilant and impartial especially during the general elections.

Lt Gen Blay was accompanied by the Director General of the Inspector General’s Department, Brig Gen K Oppong Octhere, Gp Capt Datsa from the office of the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, Capt (GN) Kofi Ankamah for GHQ (Joint Operations) and the Forces Sergeant Major CWO Adu Yaw.

Navy Commander Visits Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK

CNS at the Britannia Royal Naval College18 December 2014.    The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, has attended the December Passing Out Parade of the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, United Kingdom, which was held on Thursday 18 December 2014.

The Admiral, a proud alumnus of the College himself, was also honoured with the role of inspecting three of the non-graduating divisions on parade.

The parade, which was reviewed by Vice Admiral David Steel (Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord of the Royal Navy), was also graced by Rear Admiral Ben Key (Flag Officer Sea Training of the  Royal  Navy). Other VIPs in attendance were Captain Juan P Retamoso (Defence Attache of the Uruguayan Navy to UK) and Captain Daniel Aguirre (Defence Attache of the Chilean Navy to UK)

Delivering his remarks as the Reviewing Officer on the occasion, Admiral Steel congratulated all the graduands on successfully going through the 7-month training period and wished them well in their careers as naval officers beyond the BRNC.

He also commended the families and friends of the graduands for supporting them in their quest to become naval officers. Finally, he doffed his hat for the instructors whose hard work and dedication had brought the graduands to a successful completion of their training.

The graduands who were also admonished to be worthy ambassadors of their respective navies, comprised 82 Royal Navy Cadets, 18 Royal Fleet Auxilliary Cadets and 23 International Cadets, of which the Ghana Navy had a representation in Sub Lieutenant Stephen Yaw Adjei-Djan. Other navies represented were Oman (12), Bangladesh (2), Belize (2), Trinidad & Tobago (1), Libya (1), Kenya (1), Jordan (1) and Jamaica (1).

Activities leading up to the parade itself included a Festival of Lessons and Carols (held at the College Chapel), a dinner held in honour of the VIP guests, which was hosted by Captain Henry Duffy and his wife, Mrs Lisa Duffy, at the Captain’s magnificent house in the College. Both events were held on the eve of the Parade. Prior to the parade on the day itself, the VIP guests, including the CNS, were hosted to breakfast by a section of cadets, at the Senior Gunroom, after which the CNS was given a brief on the conduct of training at the College, before attending a Valedictory Service in honour of the graduands.

At a buffet lunch held at the end of the parade, Rear Admiral Biekro was full of praise for his host, Captain Duffy and his wife, as well as the entire staff of the College for the excellent reception accorded him and his delegation as well as the quality of training delivered at the College. He also interacted with other VIP guests present and congratulated Sub Lt Adjei-Djan on successfully completing the training.

The CNS was accompanied to the College by Commodore Seth Vincent Aidoo Coomson, Ghana’s Defence Adviser to the UK and Mr Asare-Bediako Damptey, Head of Chancery at the Ghana High Commission iCNS in a chat with Sub Lieutenant Stephen Adjei-Djann UK.

The Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), situated on the banks of the River Dart in UK, has delivered world-class naval training to officers of the Royal Navy as well as many other officers all over the world since it was built in 1905. Naval officer training, however, started well before 1905 and as early as 1863, when two ships, HMS BRITANNIA and HMS HINDOSTAN arrived in the River Dart to establish a permanent home for Royal Naval Officer training.

BRNC’s contribution to defence today is as relevant as ever – be it initial officer training, support to defence diplomacy outputs through training of international officers from various partner countries all over the world, or as a centre of excellence for leadership training across the Royal Navy.

The relationship between the Ghana Navy and the BRNC dates back as far as the early 1970s and has seen a number of distinguished senior naval officers, both serving and retired, receive their training at this prestigious college. The list of senior officers who have passed through BRNC include Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, the Chief of the Defence Staff and Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, the Chief of the Naval Staff.

The College continues to partner with the Ghana Navy to train young naval officers from Ghana, the most recent beneficiary being Sub Lieutenant Stephen Adjei-Djan, who graduated from the College on 18 December 2014 at a ceremony attended by the CNS, Rear Admiral Biekro.

Military engineers construct Nyagbo-Konda road
General News

Engineers of the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), have commenced construction of a three point seventy-five kilometer (3.75km) road at Nyagbo-Konda in the Hohoe South District of the Volta Region.

The road, which is funded by the Government of Ghana, when completed would ease the movement of goods and and people from the Konda junction up into the hills of Nyagbo to the village of Konda situated high in the mountains.

The Chairman of the Road Committee of Konda, Ex-WOII Akpakli John, and some opinion leaders of the Community, have revealed that due to the lack of accessible roads to the village, there had not been any developmental projects in the area since the village was created many years ago.

They said that in instance where people fell critically ill or pregnant women were in labour, there was difficulty conveying them from the top of the hill to any nearest clinic. The residents noted that many civilian contractors had tried but failed to construct the road due to the mountainous and rocky nature of the terrain and that the 48 Engineer Regiment when contacted immediately came with their equipment ever poised to finish the project on time.

It was also gathered that residents of Konda, both young and old,  had to meander their way through the very dangerous slopes of the mountain to and fro several times daily to do their business and also access certain basic necessities.

The people were therefore very grateful to the 48 Engineer Regiment and GAF for accepting to construct the road for them. They promised to render their full support to the military engineers in the construction work.

The Officer in Charge of the project, Capt Ampadu Bernasco, indicated that the project officially began in October 2011, and was scheduled to be completed in 18 months. He said the construction involved bitumen surfacing of the 3.75km road up into the mountains to the Konda village and also construction of drainage systems in the virtually virgin area where no such developmental activities had ever taken place.

He said the project was very significant to the people of the area. Aside improving upon business in the area it would also create jobs for some youth in the Community who would be contracted to assist in the construction.

Capt Bernasco also noted that the fact that soldiers were working on the project had given the people a sense of security and the military through the project had established some cordial relationship with the locals which it hoped to maintain and strengthen in the days ahead.

He indicated that though the rains were proving to be too much, the military engineeconstruction of drainage systemsrs were poised to complete the road as scheduled.

In a related development, the 48 Engineer Regiment has also been contracted to renovate key infrastructure that were destroyed during the clash between Muslims and non-Muslim residents of Hohoe recently.

The renovation projec, expected to last for four weeks, covers the Chief's Palace which was badly affected among other structures. Work was progressing steadily as at the time our reporter visited the District.

The Officer in Charge of the renovation, Capt Seth Paul Essien, has given the assurance that the soldiers on ground were working tirelessly to restore all the destroyed facilities and that the project was going on successfully. He was hopeful the job would be completed on schedule.    

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