By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Disciplined armed sailors could not help but interject their Chief of Naval Staff’s (CNS) announcement of his retirement with “ooh” and thunderous applause in appreciation for his three years of service as CNS, at the 2018 Navy Headquarters’ West Africa Soldiers’ Social Activities (WASSA), on 21st December, 2019.
In his speech to the sailors, family and friends, CNS Rear/Admiral (R/Adm) Peter Kofi Faidoo, the sixteenth CNS of the Ghana Navy, said “I have not sought for permission from the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) in announcing this but knowing the kind of armed forces we have now, I take the opportunity to inform you that I retire honourable on the 4th of January, 2019”.
The trained professional lawyer continued, “So I wish to thank you all and wish you all well”, but information gathered by this writer indicates that after he retires on the 4th of January, his “Pulling Out” would likely be done on the 8th of same month to officially signify his end of duty-tour.
It would be recalled that a statement from the Presidency – Jubilee House Communications Directorate dated 21/12/2018 and captioned “Appointment of New Service Chiefs”, the release announced the retirement of the Chief of Staff – R/Adm Moses Beick-Baffour, the CNS and the Chief of Air Staff – Air-Vice Marshall Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai.
The abovementioned are to be replaced by Brigadier-General (Brig-Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah – Southern Command, R/Adm Seth Amoama – Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and Air-Commodore Frank Hansen – Air Force Base, Takoradi, respectively.
At the WASSA, which had the CDS, Lieutenant-General (Lt-Gen) Obed Boama Akwa as Special Guest and R/Adm Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro (rtd) as Guest-of-Honour, the Navy High Command commissioned two projects – the Owusu-Ansah Auditorium and the Biekro Museum – at the Navy HQ, in honour of the late Vice-Admiral (V/Adm) Owusu-Ansah and R/Adm Biekro, respectively.
In his address at the WASSA, the present CNS had this to say, “I want to recognise 2 special persons that we have captioned as Two Visionary CNSs”, in reference to the honoured two Admirals.
V/Adm Owusu-Ansah was the one who envisioned the construction of the modern Navy Headquarters some twenty years ago, but the project stalled in the process. It took R/Adm Biekro, who upon assumption of office, worked hard to finish the office complex.
The Owusu-Ansah auditorium is a modern conference auditorium whiles the Biekro Museum is one that contains all about the Ghana Navy from July 1959 until present time.
Gyedu Blay Ambulley, the “Radumzo” man, was the toast of the sailors as he delivered his “Simigwa” music to the delight of all as the CNS danced and was mobbed by many a rating.