The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Brigadier General Mohammed Moses Aryee has echoed the Ghana Armed Forces’ (GAF) readiness to defend the country at all times even at the peril of their lives without fail.

He made this assertion during the opening ceremony of ‘Exercise African Lion 2022’ at the Justice Opoku Hall at Kamina Barracks, Tamale on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.

Exercise African Lion is a joint multinational military drill spearheaded by the United States taking place in 4 African countries including Ghana with the main exercise location in Morocco.

Brig Gen Aryee stated that as an Armed Forces, it was important to continually remind ourselves of our primary role of safeguarding the territorial integrity of Ghana against internal and external aggression. It is against this backdrop that the Ghana Army with the support of the Ghana Air Force continually engages in operations and exercises such as Operation Conquered Fist, Exercise Eagle Claws and Exercise Burning Arrow, all geared at enhancing the capacities of troops to swiftly respond to possible threats of terrorism especially along the northern frontiers of the country.

The GOC further mentioned that, Ex African Lion 2022, under the theme, ‘Enhancing International Collaboration for National Security and Development’ sought to expose troops to multiple terrorist attacks in an emergency situation.

Brig Gen Aryee also disclosed that, the objectives of the training were to among others, improve the Army’s ability to plan and conduct Counter Violent Extremist (CVE) operations, improve air to ground integration between the Ghana Army and the Ghana Air Force, enhance force interoperability as well as expose troops to multinational operational training.

Commander of the 2nd Security Forces Assistant Brigade, Colonel Michael Sullivan in his remarks said the exercise is an opportunity to mark the partnership, professionalism, hospitality and friendship between the United States and Ghana.

He added that, the exercise creates an avenue for the two armies to share experience and expertise and hoped that by the end of the exercise, together, they would have increased their capabilities, capacities and cohesion to provide security and stability to their respective countries.

The exercise commenced with the deployment of a Platoon of the Army Special Operations Brigade to Morocco and a medical civil action programme at Karaga.