Ghana Navy Ready For Pirates

The Chief of Naval Staff has signalled Ghana Navy’s readiness to effectively carry out patrols to secure the country’s territorial waters against maritime security threats.

Ghana Navy Ready For Pirates

Rear Admiral Quarshie, Chief of Naval Staff, has signalled Ghana Navy’s readiness to effectively carry out patrol to secure the country’s territorial waters against maritime security threat including hijacking of ships.

According to him, the navy was well positioned to show presence at sea based on what he described as tremendous enhancement of operational capability of the Ghana Navy due to the nation’s interest in the maritime sector.

“In the year 2012, we witnessed a tremendous enhancement of operational capability of the Ghana Navy. Six fast patrol boats- four from China and two from Germany- and the slipway at the Naval Dockyard at Sekondi, were commissioned for service with the Navy,” he said.

Rear Admiral Quarshie, speaking as guest of honour at Tema Eastern Naval Command’s annual West Africa Security Service Association (WASSA), assured the nation that the navy was now well-resourced to carry out its patrols and other activities against the myriad of maritime security threat such as armed robbery, hijacking and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

WASSA is an annual celebration to take stock of achievements as well as shortcomings to identify areas where they could have improved, in a bid to prepare, both physically and mentally, to accomplish roles and responsibilities in the coming year.

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Source: Ghana Web.

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