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19.01.2011 Business & Finance

Swift, Tough Vessel For Navy - To Protect Oil Activities

By Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu - Daily Graphic
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The Ghana Navy has taken delivery of a naval vessel to protect the nation’s territorial waters and offshore oil activities.

Delivered under an agreement between the Ghanaian and the Korean governments, the quick attack armoured vessel has a cabin capacity for a 28-member crew and is equipped to distil sea water into fresh water.

According to a source at the Western Naval Command, the vessel is expected to be named after one of the former top commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces.

It said the vessel had greater speed than any of the vessels currently under the command of the Ghana Navy and would help the Navy to increase its presence in the maritime domain, especially protecting the Jubilee Fields from intrusion by fishermen and pirates.

It said currently new vessels with designs to meet the country’s security needs were under construction in Korea and China and would soon be delivered to augment the fleet of the Ghana Navy.

It said the vessel had undergone its first maintenance at the home port of the Western Naval Command and was awaiting its official inauguration by President J.E.A. Mills.

The source added that Ghana’s coastline would be patrolled to ensure that the country’s fish stock was protected to make the issue of pair-trawling a thing of the past.

It revealed that there were plans for the establishment of a military unit in the Jomoro District of the Western Region to serve as a base for the Navy, the Ghana Air Force and the Ghana Police Service.

The source lauded the arrival of the new vessel and said it would effectively play the role of defender, in collaboration with other vessels such as the GNS Achimota, GNS Yogaga, GNS Anzoni, GNS Dzata, GNS Hanson and GNS Bonsu, among others. Share Your Thoughts on this article Name Email Location Comments Graphic Ghana may edit your comments and not all comments will be published

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