The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday 20 October 2020 commissioned the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) at Nutekor in the Volta Region.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in a speech commended the Ghana Navy for bringing NAVTRAC to its realisation after years of processing. He said the country has over the years suffered some criminal activities in the maritime space, hence the need for a well-trained Navy to provide security to combat such illegal activities. He added that the command would serve as the centre for imparting the Navy’s doctrines and core values.
The Minister for Defence, Honourable Dominic Nitiwul in his remarks expressed gratitude to the President for allowing the Ghana Armed Forces to undertake some projects with its internally generated funds. He also added that, the well-structured and ultra-modern training facility would also serve as the training ground for other security agencies, home and abroad.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Seth Amoama in his welcome address specified that the establishment of NAVTRAC is to develop appropriate human resource capacities, strategies and policies to help the Navy keep pace ahead of actors in maritime transnational crime.
The CNS said the facility would make it feasible to centralise all training schools in the Ghana Navy. He further mentioned that NAVTRAC would also open its doors to naval personnel across the sub region.
Schools under the command he added would include; School of Maritime Operations (SMOPS), School of Marine and Electrical Engineering, Supply Application School, Basic and Leadership Training School, Recruit Training School, Special Forces Training School and a Diving School.
The CNS expressed gratitude to past chiefs of the Navy who conceived the idea of establishing the training command in the year 2009 and took steps to start the project after identifying an ideal location.
The Commander-in-Chief presented a Commissioning Warrant to the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) NAVTRAC, Commodore Maxwell Arhin who subsequently unveiled it to signify the commissioning of the Command. The Commission Warrant indicated that the command has been commissioned with its primary responsibility of ensuring effectiveness, efficiency and purposeful administration of the Ghana Navy’s training activities and programs.
Present at the ceremony were Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, Admirals, Generals, past Chiefs of the Navy, Senior Officers, Officers, Traditional Authorities of the area, Ratings, District and Municipal Chief Executives, representatives of sister security services among others.