By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Bundase Training Camp
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has once again exhibited its readiness to defend the territorial integrity of Ghana, by refreshing some modern symmetrical warfare means, while applying innovative technologies, at the 2019 Land Combat and Firepower Demonstration, at the Bundase Training Camp.
The annual event, which also serves as part of the curriculum for students of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), pursuing Senior Division Master of Science degree in Defence and International Politics, took place on Friday, 25th October, 2019.
Seventy-two military officers from eleven African countries – 42 from GAF – have enrolled at the Ghanaian military college, to be tutored for a period of one year, to qualify to be honoured with the Pass Staff Course (PSC) accolade.
Based on a fictional scenario, GAF, led by the 64 Infantry Brigade simulated a symmetric war against an assumed aggressor group, with the help of the First Battalion of Infantry (1BN), 66 Artillery Regiment, 153 Armoured Regiment, the Airborne Force and the Air Force, to keep the boundaries of Ghana intact.
Under the Joint Task Force (JTF) Command of General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command – Brigadier General Abraham Yeboah Nsiah and his able Commanding Officer (CO) – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Fiifi Deegbe, performed various demonstrations such as the 105 mm and 122 mm Howitzer gun positions and 107 mm Howitzer rocket launcher for aerial targets.
Personnel from the Special Forces unit of GAF, also demonstrated tactical moves of an Assault Platoon, Machine Gun Detachment, Mortar Section, Anti-Aircraft Section, use of drones in combat, 4 waves of paratrooping by Airborne troops – led by Lt Col Adum-Attah, use of helicopter for Aerial Reconnaissance, Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles as screens, Artillery Covering Fire and Aggressive Mobile Action by Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARVs).
Dignitaries present at the live demo, included the National Security Adviser – Brig Gen Emmanuel Okyere (rtd), the Vice Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Defence and the Interior – Collins Owusu-Amankwa (MP for Manhyia North), the Chief of the Defence Staff – Lieutenant General Obed Boama Akwa, Chief of the Air Staff – Air Vice Marshall Frank Hanson, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command – Commodore Sam Walker, amongst many.