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Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong Attends the Commissioning Ceremony of Patrol Boats Aided by China to Ghana

On October 31, 2017, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Madam Sun Baohong, attended the commissioning ceremony of the patrol boats aided by China to Ghana at Secondi port of the Western Region and delivered a speech. The Defense Minister of the Republic of Ghana, Honorable Dominc Nitiwul, the Regional Minister of the Western Region, Honorable Kwaku Afriyie, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of Ghana Navy Staff, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo as well as MPs and traditional leaders attended the ceremony.

Ambassador Sun said in her speech that the world we live in is full of hope and challenges. No country can address the challenges facing mankind alone. Since the new government assumed power in January, it has actively promoted building an export-oriented economy. The security of marine route is becoming more and more important. China advocates the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, actively implements the Initiative on China-Africa Co-operative Partnership for Peace and Security and is willing to contribute to the maintenance of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Honorable Minister Nitiwul expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for donating the patrol boats and the works of Ambassador Sun. He introduced the challenges Ghana faces in safeguarding maritime security and the government's strategy to build a strong armed forces. He said that Ghana and China have continued to strengthen cooperation in peace and security this year, the results of which not only benefit Ghana, but also benefit the entire Gulf of Guinea, creating favorable conditions for regional peace and development. Honorable Nitiwul also encouraged the Ghana Navy to continue to carry forward the fine tradition, safeguard the security of the territorial waters of Ghana and contribute to the consolidation of China-Ghana friendship.

The four Chinese-made patrol boats (985Y) have a maximum displacement of 8.6 tons, a maximum speed of 38 knots, mileage of 220 nautical miles. It can carry out patrolling, vigilance, detection and anti-smuggling tasks in the coastal water and inner lake (river). The Ghanaian government named the four patrol boats after the name of successive Chiefs of Ghana Navy Staff.

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