Two Canadian naval vessels arrive in Ghana

Two Canadian naval vessels, HMCS Kingston and HMCS Summerside arrived in Ghana the weekend of March 16th.

This is to strengthen the already bilateral relationship in tackling illegal migration and human trafficking along the Gulf of Guinea.

Bilateral relations between Ghana and Canada spans a sixty year period.

The two ships prior to arriving in Ghana have visited other Countries like Cote D’ Ivoire, Benin and Liberia who are members of Operations Obangame. Obangame Express conducted by US Naval Forces in Africa is an at-sea Maritime excise designed to improve cooperation among member country (SIC) to increase maritime safety and Security along the Gulf of Guinea.

The Canadian High Commissioner, Heather Cameron said, the visit by the two sister Canadian ships is providing a different type of training between the military and the navy through the Canadian Defense Attache. She also mentioned areas to dominate the G-7 meeting in Canada to include, oceans, clean energy and gender equality.

The captain of HMCS (SIC), Matthew Woodburn, said Ghana is the last of seven countries that the crew from the vessels will be engaging in military and the naval excercise.

While in the country, the crew will be involved in Community outreach programs by donating books to some schools in Ashaiman and in Nima. HMCS Kingston and HMCS Summer side will host young Ghanaian women to help harness and strengthen their leadership potential.

Reprinted from Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

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