THE CNS' DESK

The Vision of the Chief Of Naval Staff (Rear Admiral Faidoo) is to project a highly professional, disciplined, formidable and combat-ready maritime force, able to conduct sustained operations at sea to protect Ghana’s interest and to secure Ghana’s maritime domain; favourable for her socio-economic development while maintaining the time-tested traditions of the Navy. His vision includes the inauguration of a Special Boats Unit and the acquisition of new patrol vessels. At a luncheon held Naval Wardroom in Accra on Sunday 8 January, 2017.

The CNS highlighted developments that had ensued under his administrations. He mentioned the commissioning of the Flagship Naval Headquarters building and the Navy @ 50 building at Burma Camp. He further noted that the year also saw the commencement of recruit training at Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) with two hundred and forty-five (245) recruits. Adding that, through the Navy’s own efforts the parade ground was near completion and accommodation units had been completed to house the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) and the Commanding Officer to ensure the rapid development of NAVTRAC.

Rear Admiral Faidoo said the ARMANI project would be completed later this year whiles efforts were made to keep the Navy fleet operational. However, the Navy had decommissioned four (4) of its German patrol boats.

The CNS said that the Association of Retired Naval Officers (ARNO) had remained committed to the development of the Navy. He intimated that members of ARNO had in “their individual and collective capacities been advocates, lobbyist and occasionally apologist for the Ghana Navy especially when we got bad press through the conduct of men and officers.”

Rear Admiral Faidoo lauded ARNO for their advice since he assumed office and also for being the Navy’s best ambassador. He announced the recommencement of the writing of the Ghana Navy’s history and encouraged members of ARNO and serving officers to assist them. He requested members to also donate relics or artifacts of relevance to the Navy for display at the Naval Museum. 

In a subsequent ceremony, the president of the ARNO, Commodore Steve Obimpeh decorated the CNS as the first patron of ARNO. He said this was in pursuit of the review of their constitution and the creation of the position of a patron. Commodore Obimpeh thanked Rear Admiral Faidoo for supporting the association and urged all to support him to complete his tenure.

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