Exercise Eagle Claws 2020 ends in Tumu

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa has expressed confidence in the capability of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to defeat any terrorist attack in the country.

He made this assertion during the closing ceremony for Exercise Eagle Claws 2020 on Thursday, 25 June 2020 in Tumu in the Sissala East Municipality of the Upper West Region.

The CDS who led a team of observers to witness the Exercise was impressed by the level of commitment, discipline and enthusiasm exhibited by the troops during the training, adding that, “Exercise Eagle Claws is a tailor-made pioneering training that addresses current concerns and realities facing our communities, therefore defying the concept of conventional warfare.” He admonished the troops to imbibe the lessons in the training so as to sharpen their skills to defeat any terrorist attack as their mission mandate required.

The CDS said the Military High Command appreciates the reality of terrorist activities in contemporary times, therefore the training was intended to equip troops with that realistic mindset and the objective of foiling such activities. He encouraged the participants to take the training seriously because it had become part of the Ghana Army’s calendar and personnel would form a larger core of experts who would pass on the expertise to their colleagues in future.

Lt Gen OB Akwa made a hearty call for the establishment of such teams of experts in all garrisons of the Ghana Army and across the civil security services including the Police and Immigration Services, thereby deepening the cooperation between them.

Exercise Eagle Claws was a four-day joint training exercise hosted by the Ghana Armed Forces from Monday, 22 to Friday, 26 June 2020. The training which brought together the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Bureau of National Investigations was aimed at training and preparing security personnel of Operation Conquered Fist on their assigned task.

The training which was envisioned by the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah covered the Northern Sector of the country where the Operation Conquered Fist, a counter terrorism operations, have their Area of Responsibility (AOR). On the first day of the training personnel from the 69 Airborne Force of the Ghana Army with the Ghana Air Force conducted joint rescue missions at Pulimakom-Widana, camp reinforcement drills at Barzua, suburbs near the Ghana-Togo Border in the Bawku Municipality as well as vehicle checkpoint with sniper dogs at Paga, also a border town in the Navrogo Municipality all in the Upper East Region. The Exercise continued on the second day with counter ambush drills at Zebilla and Fightin in Built up Areas at Sapeliga. The Final phase of the exercise took place in the Wa and Tumu in the Upper West Region where the Special forces of the 64 Infantry Regiment and the Airborne Force with the Ghana Air Force conducted house clearing and joint counter ambush operations respectively.

Present at the closing event were the three Service Chiefs, the GOC Northern Command, Director General DCIS, Directors and Officers from the Ghana Armed Forces Headquarters. Others were the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Sissala East District and Heads of the District Police, Immigration, Customs and Bureau of National Investigations.