The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Issah Adam Yakubu has re-awarded two (2) GULF OF GUINEA medals, one to Naval Captain (Capt GN) Derrick Godwill Attachie and a posthumous one to the late Commander (Cdr) Yussif Benning, for their meritorious and loyal service to the Gulf of Guinea and pioneering work in the Yaounde Architecture.

The orders were first given to the duo in absentia, during the official inauguration of the West African Regional Maritime Security Centre, which occurred on 31 March, 2022, thus the CNS on Thursday 11 August 2022, re-presented the medallions at the Ghana Navy Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra, on behalf of the Inter-Regional Coordination Centre, based in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Of the duo, Admiral Yakubu highly commended their persistence, dedication and commitment to the advancement of the Yaounde architecture, and for giving good accounts of themselves towards their duties and responsibilities.

At the Naval Headquarters, Capt (GN) Attachie personally received his medal from the Navy Commander, whiles Master Abdul Salam Wissepeng – son of the late Cdr Benning – received his father’s portion of the order.

“The Executive Director of the Inter-Regional Coordination Centre (ICC) in accordance with decision No 01/ICC/2021 of 6 March 2021 awards the Gulf of Guinea meritorious gold medal to Naval Captain Derrick Attachie, former head of Training Division of ICC in recognition of his good and loyal services rendered to the Yaounde Architecture and also to Commander Yussif Bennin, former Director of the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre, Zone F (posthumously) for his good and loyal services rendered to the Yaounde Architecture”, a citation accompanying the medals read.

Present at the event included the Chief Staff Officer, Naval Headquarters – Commodore (Cdre) Maxwell Arhen, the Director-General Religious Affairs, General Headquarters – Cdre Paul Adjei-Djan, Directors at the Navy HQ and some family members of the recipients.


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