UK West Africa Head of Policy and CNS express commitment and determination to advance efforts to bolster regional maritime security and resilience.
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The West Africa Policy Head of the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence, Her Excellency (HE) Alice Hadden has held strategic talks with the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu.

HE Alice Hadden who was at the Naval Headquarters on Wednesday 17 April 2024, deliberated with the CNS on key issues pertaining to riverine operations, Maritime security and joint initiatives to counter threats and challenges in the riverine environment.

HE Hadden thanked the CNS for the warm reception and added that UK is delighted to working with the Ghana Navy.

Rear Admiral Yakubu on his part underscored the significance strategic maneuvers and stated the need for collaborative engagements and partnerships to effectively address emerging threats and criminal activities in riverine areas. He added that, a lot has been done with the formation of the Riverine Command and the commissioning of River Class Boats to safeguard maritime interest especially at the border points.

The CNS welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the British West Africa Head of Policy to explore shared strategies and actionable measures to address common challenges and reinforce maritime security in the region.

Both parties expressed mutual commitment and determination to advance collaboration efforts that would bolster regional maritime security and resilience in riverine areas. They exchanged plaques and the CNS decorated each member of the delegation with a hand-woven Ghana Navy stole.  

Members of the British West Africa Head of Policy’s delegation include the Deputy Head, British Defence Staff, West Africa, Colonel Martin Leach, UK Defence Advisor, Mr Richard Walter and other Embassy Staff.