UK Deputy Intelligence Chief Lauds GAF

AAThe UK Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, Mr. Nick Gurr, has lauded the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for its contribution towards the sustenance of peace in the region.

He has also acknowledged the untiring support GAF has been rendering to the United Nations Peacekeeping operations, globally.

A statement issued and signed by Lieutenant Commander MA Larbi, for the Director of Public Relations at GAF said Mr. Gurr gave the commendation when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, at his office on Monday.

It said the UK Deputy Chief of Intelligence was  accompanied by Mr. James Megoran, Senior Intelligence  Analyst  of UK and the UK Defence Advisor to Ghana, Lt Col Ben Richards.

According to the statement, the visit was to discuss issues of mutual interest and maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
The statement said discussions also focused on GAF’s challenges, terrorism in Africa, cross-border security and progress made in the UN operations in Mali.

It said Vice Admiral Quashie stated Ghana’s resolve to ensure security along the Gulf of Guinea.
He said armed robbery at the sea and piracy were becoming rampant and the country was doing all it could to address the issue.
It said Vice Admiral Quashie said “with the necessary support, Ghana in collaboration with her neighbouring countries will be able to surmount the challenge”.

The statement further stated that CDS disclosed that GAF had embarked on an expansion and restricting programme to enable it handle security issues effectively.

It said Vice Admiral Quashie expressed appreciation to the UK Government and its Defence for the support being rendered to GAF and hoped that more assistance will be offered in that regard.

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