The Ghana Navy has received four Offshore Security Vessels at the Takoradi Port as part of activities undertaken in line with the tradition of the Ghana Navy prior to the deployment of vessels.
The Guest of Honour for the reception ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu officially received the vessels from the Vice President of Israel Shipyards Mr Oded Breier on Monday 10 January, 2022 following their arrival at the Takoradi port on Saturday, 8 January 2022.
In his address, the CNS said the acquisition of the vessels was part of Government’s decision to discontinue the deployment of Armed Security Guards on civilian vessels to provide the needed security to International Oil Companies operating in the country.
The CNS charged Captains and crew of the ships to learn from the technical teams of the manufacturers and strictly adhere to the protective maintenance system of the ships as they would be regularly inspected in accordance with set standards to ensure that the vessels were properly maintained to serve their purpose.
He thanked the manufacturers and facilitators, Penguin Shipyard Limited, Singapore and Israel Shipyard Limited respectively, for the quality work done and looked forward to a good working relationship between them.
He also extended his gratitude to the main financier of the project, Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) Limited, BBC Nile who were the transporters of the vessels to Ghana, Management and Staff of Takoradi Port, International Oil Companies and all maritime stakeholders for their strong partnership and support.
In recognition of the importance of rivers in Ghana, the River Class vessels were named after some major rivers, namely: Volta, Ankobra, Pra and Densu.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC), Commodore Samuel Walker in his welcome remarks applauded the efforts of the CNS, whose vision it is to modernise the fleets to enhance the Navy’s capacity in providing and improving security within the maritime space of Ghana and as well boost the economy.