The United States’ Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia E. Palmer recently visited the Ghanaian Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC) in Volta Region where she commissioned multiple projects to support the country’s maritime security.
The diplomat was joined by the Chief of Defense Staff and senior officers from the Ghana Navy, the Ghana Armed Forces, and Ministry of Defense.
Six US-funded projects at NAVTRAC and the surrounding area totaling more than $6 million were unveiled.
According to the US Embassy in Ghana, these funded maritime security capabilities are especially important for protecting commercial activities, including shipping and fishing, in the Gulf of Guinea.
“Our $48 million in security assistance to the Ghana Armed Forces this year includes substantial support for the Ghana Navy. Piracy and illegal fishing in the Gulf of Guinea pose a persistent threat to Ghana’s security and economic development.
“Better protected shipping means more reliable supply chains for the region and greater shared prosperity,” said Ambassador Palmer during her visit.
The $6.4 million in U.S. funding is intended to equip the Ghanaian Navy Special Boat Squadron (SBS) to expand its offshore capabilities, while providing training and naval infrastructure projects at NAVTRAC.
The United States and Ghana continue to work closely, said the Embassy, to address regional security concerns, train together, and share best practices.
“This included supporting Ghana as host for FLINTLOCK 23 – U.S. AFRICOM’s large-scale, multinational military exercise, which had a historic first Maritime Special Operations Task Unit at NAVTRAC and the African Lion and Obangame Express exercises,” the US Embassy added.