The President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commissioned two Boundary Class Ships for the Ghana Navy at the Western Naval Command (WNC) on Saturday 9 September 2023.
In particular, the C-in-C also commissioned two Defender Class Boats, GNS FAIDOO and GNS AMOAMA, a Ghana Navy Landing Craft named NAVDOCK 1 and an Oil Spill Response Vessel, MV ESTHER AFUA OCLOO for the Ghana Maritime Authority.
Delivering the keynote address, the C-in-C said the commissioning of the ships forms part of government’s efforts in retooling and equipping the GAF to enable them perform their duties diligently. He applauded the Ghana Navy for their effort in protecting the maritime domain as there have not been any attack on ships in the last two years.
The Minister for Defence, Honourable Dominic Nitiwul noted there could not have been development without security and the importance of a well-equipped Armed Forces cannot be overemphasized hence prioritizing its needs. He commended the American government for lending enormous support to GAF.
The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu expressed gratitude to the C-in-C for his efforts towards equipping the Ghana Navy. He expressed gratitude to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama for starting an initiative that has seen the Navy manufacture its first Landing Craft.
As informed, the project when completed will have a Naval Harbour, accommodation for about 10,000 troops, surveillance systems and other ancillary equipment which will make it the single largest defence project in Ghana’s history.