The German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group (GAFTAG) has handed over the Watermanship Training Camp (WTC) to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Engineer Training School (ETS) on Thursday, 23 June, 2022 at Akuse in the Eastern Region.

The handing-over ceremony saw the commissioning of an accommodation unit which consists of a dormitory block, a dining hall, an administration block, a water treatment plant as well as some heavy engineering equipment such as Caterpillar Excavator, Caterpillar loader, Caterpillar backhoe loader and a caterpillar compactor. 

The Commanding Officer (CO) ETS, Lt Col Maxwell Appoh in his opening remarks said, the WTC would provide a serene environment for the training of personnel in watermanship, fire disaster, search and rescue operations and other related activities.

He said the ETS has seen massive improvement in infrastructural projects through the bilateral relationship and mutual collaboration Ghana has with Germany through GAFTAG which has been the backbone of the infrastructural development and equipment support. The CO however, added that in order to achieve the objective of the establishment, the School needed some infrastructure and equipment so as to adapt to contemporary engineering practices and technology.

He revealed that the facility would go a long way to equip soldiers with engineer skill development for deployment; and further stated that ETS since its establishment has contributed immensely to the technical training and skilled work force in GAF.

Lt Col Maxwell Appoh mentioned that GAFTAG has over the years provided ETS with offices, classrooms, student accommodations, auditorium, workshops, major engineer equipment, vehicles and tools amongst others. He said GAFTAG is currently constructing an office complex for the school in Accra which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year 2022.

The GAFTAG Deputy Head of Mission, Capt Thomas Henry on behalf of the GAFTAG Head of Mission, Lt Col Bernd Frei in his address said GAFTAG has been present in Ghana since 2001. Capt Henry mentioned that GAF and GAFTAG have been partners for over 21years, offering training courses and infrastructural assistance such as the Mobile Headquarters for the ECOWAS Standby Forces, Base Workshop, Cooperation with Defence Intelligence, the National Dog Academy, and the Signal Training School.

The Guest of Honour, Commandant Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Maj Gen Charles Awity commended GAFTAG for their continuous contribution and support to GAF.

The ceremony was climaxed with the closing ceremony for 96 graduating students of 2022 first half course from the ETS.