238 Naval recruits pass out at Tema Naval Base

Reviewing a passing-out parade of 238 Naval recruits in Tema, Commodore Addison also stressed the need for personnel of the GAF not to molest innocent civilians, since “they are people you have sworn to protect”.

“Amid all the challenges you will be facing in line with your duties, you still have to remain steadfast and resolute,” he said.

He commended the recruits for going through the course successfully, especially at a time when maritime security had become more important than ever to Ghana and other states along the Gulf of Guinea.

Challenges

Commodore Addison said the challenges and experiences they went through during the six months of great physical and mental training would stay with them for the rest of their lives.

He reminded the recruits that their passing-out marked the beginning of a life-long path of learning and education and charged them not to rest on their laurels but take subsequent training and courses very seriously to enable them to serve with distinction.

“Having turned into young soldiers, the temptation is great for you to see your new careers as an opportunity to constitute yourselves into unauthorised law enforcement agencies. Unless you are under clear orders from superior authority, you have no business with debt collection, galamsey operations or the settlement of personal disputes without recourse to the due process of law.” he warned them.

Awards

Five of the recruits received awards for excelling in various fields during the six-month training.

Recruit Paul Abonee was adjudged the best all-round recruit; Fransisca Duncan, the best female recruit; Gadiel Quayson, the best in academics; David Nii Kwartey, the best in drill, while Cynthia Anku Mawufemor received the Commanding Officer’s Special Award.

The recruits treated the gathering, which included the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Isaac Ashia Odamtten; the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Commodore Steven K. Darbo; senior officers and family and friends, to drill display, slow and quick march past, among others.

Ghana Navy Visits the Regional Maritime University

As a reciprocal gesture to visit by Management of RMU to the Ghana Navy Headquarters, Officials of the Ghana Navy also paid a visit to RMU on Thursday 6th August, 2015.

Present was the Chief of Naval Staff, Chief Staff Officer and other top naval personnel.

The focus of the visit was to appreciate the facilities that RMU has and to establish collaboration between our two institutions for training of naval personnel.  The visit was also to address the issue of training of RMU cadets.

The Chief of Naval Staff decided that they would give practical training to RMU cadets on board their vessels whilst RMU would give necessary training in Marine Engineering and other programmes.  The Ghana Navy was desirous of having another institution apart from the Navy to depend on in various aspects of naval training, hence finding RMU suitable as a platform for advanced knowledge acquisition.

The Ghana Navy’s short course requirements for their officers  fall in the following areas:

  • Fire fighting practicals
  • Deck hand courses
  • Seamanship (for navy ratings)
  • Refresher courses for navy technical staff
  • Vocational aspects of Electrical Engineering
  • Logistics i.e. CILT: both Certificate and Diploma
  • Supply Chain Management

The Ghana Navy would like to collaborate with RMU in the following areas:

  • Research
  • Maritime Security and Law
  • MTISGOG on RMU Campus –  Navy more of enforcement than monitoring and so beneficial to merge with RMU

In response to training request by the Ghana Navy for Masters in Marine Engineering, RMU indicated capability of running such a programme but needs to put measures in place to facilitate this and would find it feasible to begin with running Post-Graduate Diploma programmes in the shorter term.  Hence, it was requested that a Post-graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering should be developed and submitted to the Director of Naval Training for further discussion.

The Ghana Navy delegation were warmly welcomed and given a familiarization tour  to the various facilities of RMU i.e. Full Mission Engine Room Simulator, Bridge Simulator, Well Control Simulator, Process Operator Simulator, Control, Pneumatic, Electronic, Hydraulics, Technical Preparation, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Laboratories.  The VIMIS facility for MTISGOG, the facility for Monitoring of Piracy and sharing of information on vessels along the Gulf of Guinea stationed on RMU Campus was also visited.

The Chief of Naval Staff and other Naval officials were highly impressed with RMU facilities and found them relevant and conducive for the technical collaboration between the two institutions.  Given such modern development  in RMU infrastructure, they concluded that they would no longer need to train their personnel outside Ghana but would gladly send them for training at RMU instead.

Ghana Navy saves Italian lives

The Ghana Navy has rescued three Italians who were critically ill aboard an Italian vessel sailing from the Congo waters to Las Palmas.

Favara Giovanni, Noce Rosario, and Ballistreri Matteo were taken ill aboard the Levoli Green, and needed urgent medical attention since they could not have survived the journey.

Naval Ship (GNS) CHEMLE, P. 36, which was under the command of Lieutenant Micheal Cudjoe, was on last Saturday at about 21:30 hours, tasked to perform a rescue mission following signals received by the Navy.

It had on board five officers and 19 ratings during its rescue mission.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, Garrison Public Relations Officer, Captain Asola Fadola, said one of the three persons rescued was in a very critical condition while the two others had fairly good stable conditions.

He said the three persons have been sent to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for urgent intensive medical care.

According to him, the vessel owners considered Ghana’s proximity, and added that the craft was about 150 nautical miles from the coast of Ghana.

He said the Ghanaian team encountered bad weather conditions but persevered to rescue the sick.

The rescue mission was also assisted by Dr. David Katsepkor from the Health Link Clinic.