4th squadron celebrates 50th anniversary

Air Vice Marshal  Samson-Oje

Air Vice Marshal Samson-Oje

The fourth squadron of the Ghana Air Force has celebrated its 50th anniversary in Accra with a call on members of the squadron to tap into the wisdom of the retired airmen.

Speaking on the theme, “The four squadron connection” the guest of honour for the celebration,   Air Vice Marshal Ashley Larsey said the occasion was important because it had afforded the current airmen to interact meaningfully with the old pilots.

He said the interaction would help in the transfer of knowledge to the new crew and technicians of the service.

Air Vice Larsey urged the present generation to uphold the laudable achievements of the squadron, especially the exploits in Liberia and Sierra Leone during the ECOMOG operations in 1990.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Michael Samson-Oje declared the intention of the GAF Command to expand the fourth squadron with additional aircrafts to meet the operational and training demands of the service.

He said plans were far advanced to bring in six new aircrafts from Brazil to beef up the air-fleet of the GAF.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings, advised the pilots to continue to learn to improve on their skills and avoid complacence.

The celebration was also used to outdoor a new helicopter landing and taxi way whose lights were powered by solar lamps, to enhance pilot visibility and ensure flight safety at night.

There was also the commissioning of a new ultra- modern dispersal for the pilots. The dispersal was named after a former expatriate technician of the service, Nicole Rosa for his selfless dedication to work.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu

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