GAF Holds Land Combat Firepower Demonstration 2021

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has held its annual Land Combat Fire Power Demonstration exercise at the Bundase Training Camp.

The exercise which was organized on Friday, 29 October 2021 involved the display of the various components of an Infantry Battalion, Command Post and other combat supporting elements aimed at equipping students of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Senior Division Course 43 with fire assets available to a Battle Group and Joint Task Force and how they could be employed within the operational framework.

For this year’s event, Second Infantry Battalion (2BN) formed the nucleus of the Battle Group exercise and played the lead role in the organisation of the demonstration with supporting assets from Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, 66 Artillery Regiment and other Combat Support Units of the Ghana Army. The Ghana Navy and Air Force played their roles in supporting the land forces in the exercise.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command Brigadier General Michael Amoah Ayisi, in his opening remarks, stated GAF plays a lead role in land based operations toward its constitutional mandate and the maintenance and restoration of the Internal Security of the country in support of the Ghana Police and Civil Authorities. He added that it was in fulfillment of the national call that the Army trains and exercises vigorously in order to sharpen its skills and evaluate its readiness.

The Guest of Honour, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama on behalf of the Minister for Defense, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, commended the units involved in planning, organizing and execution of the Land Combat Firepower demonstration.

He noted with pride the high professional disposition and demonstration of skill at arms particularly on the part of the young soldiers   and exhibition of professional briefing skills describing the exercise as top notch.

He commended the 2 Infantry Battalion especially and the supporting elements for discharging their task diligently and professionally thereby making the exercise a success.

The CDS added that the Government was putting measures in place to re tool and re-equip the GAF and described the future of the GAF as bright.

The Battle Group Commander who was also the Commanding Officer, 2 Infantry Battalion Lt Col Atuluk Abass outlined some challenges with supporting elements such as Signal, Artillery, Armour, Special Forces, and Naval Units among others. He lamented that unavailability of 107 mm rounds hampered smooth delivery of the exercise.

Dignitaries present were, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, Chief Staff Officer (CSO) Commodore Bessing, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Southern Command, Brigadier General Michael Amoah Ayisi, Commandant Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFSC) Rear Admiral Moses Beick Baffour among others.