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DANISH DEFENCE ATTACHE PAYS COURTESY CALL ON FOC, WESTERN NAVAL COMMAND

The Danish Defence Attaché (DA) to Ghana, Lt Col Lasse Sand has paid a courtesy call on the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC) Commodore Samuel Walker on Tuesday 21 June, 2022.

Acting in the FOC’s stead, the Flag Officer Fleet (FOF), Commodore Bright Atiayao warmly received the DA in his office and in his remarks, expressed his delight at the DA’s visit and hoped it would strengthen the bond between the Forces of both countries. He noted that, the Western Naval Command was a strategic asset with great potential and was always ready for any collaboration in terms of maritime training and security.

He tersely explained the responsibilities of WNC and indicated that, the Command worked collaboratively with civil authorities and offered necessary assistance when required. He stated that, illegal maritime activities such as illegal bunkering and robberies at sea among others were issues the Command contended with. He further praised the Government of Ghana for providing the necessary equipment needed to deal with such issues swiftly. He noted that, Ghana was non-aligned to any specific country and was therefore ready to work and cooperate with any country as far as maritime safety and security was concerned.

On his part the DA, Lt Col Sand noted that, maritime security remained a priority on the list of the Danish Ministry of Defence. He also mentioned the Coordinated Maritime Presence (CMP) which is an EU initiative, and averred that, they will soon participate in EU missions which will ensure their continuous maritime presence and outreach in designated maritime areas of interest.  He noted that, Denmark was ready to collaborate with Ghana in the area of maritime security among others.

Commodore Atiayao took the DA on a tour of the Base where they visited the School of Maritime Engineering and Combat Systems (SMECS), and Ghana Navy Ship (GNS) Densu, one of the new ships acquired for Ghana Navy by the Government of Ghana. At the Navy Dockyard (NAVDOCK), the DA had an interaction with the NAVDOCK Superintendent, Commodore Emmanuel Wayoe and also toured the Engineering departments and the Naval Dockyard slipway.

The DA was accompanied by the Director Naval Training, Naval Captain Dennis KA Eghan as well as two Officers from the Danish Special Operations Command namely, Major Michael Sonne and Capt Bertram Hansen.