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27.10.2006 General News

Accra Air Force base to house US aircraft hanger

By AP
Accra Air Force base to house US aircraft hanger
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The Accra Air force Base is to house a new hanger for a US embassy plane that would provide regional support for its mission in Ghana and 26 other embassies in West and Central Africa.

The C-12 aircraft was attached to the US missions in Dakar, Senegal and Monrovia, Liberia and until 2004 was based in Abidjan, Cote d`Ivoire. A new operating location had to be found for it after the deterioration of the political situation in Cote d`Ivoire.

The Ghana Government and the Ghana Air Force provided space to park and maintain the aircraft until a proper hanger was built when it arrived Accra in early 2004.

The aircraft, capable of flying 1,200 miles - about five and half hours in the air - depending on its mission, can carry about eight passengers.

At a ceremony at the Air Force Base in Accra Thursday to unveil the project, Pamela Bridgewater, US Ambassador in Ghana, said the construction of the hanger represented the commitment of both countries to bilateral relations as well as their joint goal of promoting stability and cooperation in the sub-region and throughout Africa.

She thanked the Ghana Air Force for providing such support and expressed appreciation to the government of Ghana for giving the plane a new home.

Air Vice Marshal Joseph Boateng, Chief of Air Staff of the Ghana Air Force, also thanked the governments of the Ghana and the US for bringing the militaries of both countries together.

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