The Commander of the United States (US) Naval Force Africa and Europe (NAVAF/EU), Admiral Robert Burke has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama on Friday, 19 March 2021 at the General Headquarters Burma Camp, Accra.
The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the bilateral ties that existed between Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the US Navy and to launch an annual exercise code-named “EX-OBANGAME EXPRESS 2021”.
The CDS welcomed the delegation and expressed his profound gratitude on how GAF has benefited from the US military in terms of training and logistical support. He added that despite recent efforts to boost naval capacity in the Gulf of Guinea, maritime security challenges persisted and would seek the support of the US navy in assisting GAF with operational logistics.
According to CDS, GAF has requested for support to acquire offshore patrol vessels and has also applied for a marine protector class to aid in combating the menace in the coastal borders.
Admiral Robert Burke applauded GAF for their morale, ethics and professionalism exhibited over the years. He encouraged GAF to work in partnership with US Navy in order to learn from each other in solving complex security breaches across the maritime borders.
Exercise Obangame Express 2021 is an annual multi-national exercise designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of the Gulf of Guinea and West African Nations to counter piracy.
The NAVAF/EU Commander was accompanied by the United States Ambassador to Ghana Her Excellency Stephanie Sullivan and some delegations from the US Naval Force.
Present were the Chief of the Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu, Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, Chief of Staff at the General Headquarters, Major General Peter Andoh, and some senior officers of GAF.