CHIEF STAFF OFFICER

Commodore Issah Yakubu was enlisted into the Ghana Navy in October 1987 and commissioned as an Executive Officer in 1991 after his basic training at the Ghana Military Academy, Teshie, Ghana and naval training at the Sekondi Naval Base.

He holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the Salve Regina University, USA and a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He has attended various specialized military and civil courses. Notable among the military courses are the International Midshipmen and International Sub-Lieutenant Courses at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and School of Maritime Operations in Portsmouth, both in the UK. He also attended the Junior Staff Course in 1996 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Nigeria and Senior Command and Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Teshie, Ghana. He is also a two-time graduate of the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where he pursued the Naval Staff and Naval Command courses in 2005 and 2015 respectively. Commodore Yakubu also attended the International Maritime Operations Course at the Coastguard Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia, USA in 2006.

Commodore Yakubu has held several appointments in the Ghana Armed Forces including two tours as Commanding Officer of sea going ships, including GNS YAA ASANTEWAA, which he sailed from Germany to Ghana as the first Commanding Officer in 2012. He was also a Directing Staff at both the Ghana and Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff Colleges and Chief Instructor of the Naval Faculty at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Commodore Yakubu is an avid researcher into maritime security and has published several papers including ‘The Quest for Security in the Gulf of Guinea: is the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy a Mirage’, as well as ‘Why we Need a National Strategy for Maritime Security’ published in the 2017 and 2018 Editions of the Ghana Navy Sailor Magazine respectively. He is also a contributor on maritime security at Chatham House Africa events and a guest lecturer at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana. He is a member of the US Naval Institute and a Board member of the Ghana Fisheries Commission. He is the founder of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute, a maritime security research institute focused on the Gulf of Guinea. He is currently the Chief Staff Officer at the Ghana Navy Headquarters.

Commodore Yakubu is an avid researcher into maritime security and has published several papers including ‘The Quest for Security in the Gulf of Guinea: is the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy a Mirage’, as well as ‘Why we Need a National Strategy for Maritime Security’ published in the 2017 and 2018 Editions of the Ghana Navy Sailor Magazine respectively. He is also a contributor on maritime security at Chatham House Africa events and a guest lecturer at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana. He is a member of the US Naval Institute and a Board member of the Ghana Fisheries Commission. He is the founder of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute, a maritime security research institute focused on the Gulf of Guinea. He is currently the Chief Staff Officer at the Ghana Navy Headquarters.