Ghana Navy launches book to mark its 60th anniversary

Dennis Osei Gyamfi/Emmanuel Todd, GNA

Accra, July 18, GNA – The Ghana Navy has
launched a book on its history – the naval force’s operation in the Gulf of
Guinea Region, over the past 60 years.

Titled “History of the Ghana Navy, A case
for a Credible Naval force as an Instrument for National Development”, it was
co-edited by Commodore Issah Adams Yakubu, Lieutenant (GN) Kofi Amponsah Duodo
and Lawyer Issa Adam.

It is the first ever official record of history
of Ghana’s Navy.

The event heralded the year-long cerebration
of the 60 years existence of the Navy and outdooring of its logo.

It brought together naval officers,
politicians and stakeholders in the maritime industry.

Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the Speaker of
Parliament, who was on hand to perform the book launch noted that, from a
humble beginning the Navy had grown into a credible force, whose officers had
served the world in various capacities.

He underlined the need to adequately
resource it to enable it to effectively perform its assigned task in the Gulf
of Guinea to ensure a thriving maritime industry.

He said oil drilling in Ghanaian waters
could potentially attract pirates and criminals to the country’s marine space
and that was why the Navy needed to be well equipped to deal with any threats.

He called for the naval officers to remain
vigilant to ensure a safe environment for further growth in the ‘Blue Economy’.

The Speaker encouraged military officers to
read the book, to draw vital lessons from the Navy’s experiences during the
ECOMOG operations.

He applauded the editors of the book for
doing a great job by avoiding the use of technical language, something, which
had made it an excellent reference for statesmen, diplomats, policy makers, as
well as students of military history and maritime strategy.

Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of the Naval
Staff (CNS), commended his predecessors for the initiative to publish a book
highlighting the rich history of the Navy, and for their contribution over the
years, to regional security.

He said the 60th anniversary celebration was
an opportunity to reflect on the past, showcase the force’s services and to
strategize for the future to make them a credible maritime force in the Gulf of
Guinea Region and beyond.

The Navy would hold an International
Maritime Defence Exhibition Conference (IMDEC) from July 23 to 25, which would
bring together Chiefs of Navies from the sub-region and other stakeholders from
across the world to discuss maritime challenges in the Gulf of Guinea Region.

He said a ceremony would also be performed
to begin construction works on two housing projects for the Sekondi and
Sogakope Training Commands.