REAR ADMIRAL SETH AMOAMA, NEW CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF ASSUMES COMMAND
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama has assumed Command as the 17th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) from Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo during a handing and taken over ceremony held at the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp on Tuesday 8 January 2019.
The Helm/Wheel which is the symbol of authority and control of the Ship and also keeps the Commander and Captain on course was handed over by Rear Admiral Faidoo to Rear Admiral Amoama to signify a complete takeover of command.
In his speech, the outgoing CNS Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo expressed his gratitude to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his support to the Ghana Navy and for giving him the opportunity to serve. He also extended his gratitude to the military high command and the naval fraternity for their support and contributions during his three-year tenure of office. He appealed to all to render the same support to his successor in order to ensure a smooth command.
He disclosed that the Ghana Navy through the Ministry of Defence had entered into a public-private partnership agreement in the acquisition of vessels on lease-operate and transfer basis to provide continuous security to offshore oil platforms.
He said operational ships were sustained at sea to serve as deterrence, surveillance and a means of gathering intelligence. This effort was further boosted by the establishment of Maritime Operation Centres (MOC) at various locations along the coast to deal with the current asymmetric threats and enable the sea vision of the Navy even from ashore.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, CNS, in his acceptance speech, expressed his gratitude to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces and President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for entrusting the Ghana Navy in his care. He acknowledged the immense contributions of all past CNSs, especially the immediate past CNS for the industrious tenure of office and assured that he would perform to maintain the high standard that had been set.
Rear Admiral Faidoo, the 16th CNS, was pulled out by Senior Officers, Officers and the Master Coxswain of the Ghana Navy to signify the official end of his term of office. Present at the ceremony were Former Speaker of Parliament, Right Hon Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, the Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Hon Andrew Kofi Egyapa Marcer, Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, Service Chiefs, retired and serving officers, ratings, civilians, families and friends.
CAROLS NIGHT 2018
GHANA NAVY INTRODUCES GORGET
Tuesday 13 March 2018 marked a historic day in the life of the Ghana Navy as it introduced the wearing of Gorgets for the first time. The Guest of Honour and Acting CDS, AVM Nagai (CAS) congratulated the Navy for the bold steps and indicated that the Gorgets will create uniformity and easy identification of very senior officers in the Navy. The CNS in his welcome address disclosed that the Navy had resisted the change due to its deep-rootedness in naval tradition. He however added that the time had come for change hence the introduction.
The wearing of gorgets in the military dates back many centuries. It depicts authority, honour and rank category of the wearer. The Ghana Navy by tradition had not been wearing it. It has however become necessary to introduce it. Gorgets are worn by senior officers from the rank of Colonel/Naval Captain /Group Captain and above. There are however slight variations in the design of the gorgets for the various very senior officer ranks.