The Senior Rates Convention 2019 under the theme “Senior Rates as agents of discipline in the Ghana Navy” has been launched on Monday, 19 August 2019 at the Junior Rates Mess of the Eastern Naval Command, Tema.
The objective of the five-day convention was to enlighten Senior Rates on their roles in the maintenance of discipline and loyalty in the Ghana Navy.
The guest of honour for the occasion, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) for the Eastern Naval Command, Commodore James Osei Kontoh noted that the senior rates play a crucial role in disseminating and articulating command policies in a manner that ensures discipline, order, operational effectiveness and effective administration whiles at the same time conveying the tools from below to higher authorities.
According to him, the success of the Ghana Navy and its desire to reach the highest professional discipline, formidable marital force was dependent on repositioning the senior rates. He added that it was not too late to beef up discipline in the service to ensure safety on the Ghana waters.
The FOC stated that complacency was a disturbing trencd crippling the Navy. Hence, the convention had come at the appropriate time to equip the senior ratings on the emerging trends confronting the service, which required effective leadership and the ability to communicate policies and directives to subordinates whilst understanding their concerns.
Commodore JO Kontoh advised the participants to take the opportunity to interact with colleagues since the convention would influence the performance of their duties. He acknowledged the representation from the Army and the Air force, and declared the Convention duly launched.
The Commanding Officer, Basic Leadership and Training School (BLTS), Lieutenant Commander Gblorkpor, stated that the report after the past conventions were that it had been relevant and helped formulate policies in shaping the Ghana Navy.
He added that the topics included the role of the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) in ensuring discipline in a modern Military, Mental Health, the introduction of the 30 years duration and its impact on the service personnel, Police - Military relations among others.