The development of the country’s blue economy cannot be sustained without a credible naval force to secure its littoral zone and maritime frontiers from aggressions that may emanate from the sea.
For this reason, the Navy has established an overarching state of the art training command, predominantly imbued with cutting edge technologies to meet international requirements for conceptual and doctrinal impartation.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa has on Thursday, 8 October 2020 inspected these completed projects at the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) which would be commissioned by the President and Commander-In-Chief (C-N-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Agortah in the Volta Region.
In a briefing on behalf of the Flag Officer Commanding NAVTRAC, Commodore Maxwell Arhin, the Commanding Officer of the Naval Recruits Training School, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Manu, told the CDS and his entourage that naval personnel were currently trained in schools and training outlets scattered in the Western and Eastern Naval Commands and other military and civil institutions which do not auger well for effective command and control of all matters relating to training in the Navy.
Adding that the number of personnel who graduated from naval training institutions had increased creating a backlog of young naval Officers and junior Ratings, who had not attended any course, hence need to establish a Naval Training Command in earnest.
Lieutenant Commander Manu further said NAVTRAC land covers a total area of 114 acres with a Shooting Range covering a total land area of 250 acres. The facility now has a fully established Naval Training Command consisting of the School of Maritime Operations, Recruit and Music Training School, School of Marine Engineering and Combat Systems, Naval Academy and Supply Application School.
For his part, the CDS commended the Naval High Command for its visionary dedication in ensuring that the navy remains a formidable force in the country by investing in capacity building. He expressed his profound appreciation to personnel of NAVTRAC for their measured and decisive responds against insurgence of secessionist groups within their area of operation.
He disclosed that in the stir for the current security situation in the Volta Region, a new operation has been designated and code named Operation Mother Land to deal with the uprising.
He was accompanied by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, the Chief of Staff General Headquarters, and Rear Admiral Issa Yakubu among others.