Ghana has ordered eight patrol vessels and is building a new naval base, Minister of Defence Dominic Nitiwul announced at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEC) conference held in Accra on 24 July.
A government statement cited Nitiwul as saying a USD200 million contract had been signed covering the construction of a new forward operating base at Edzinlibo in the Western Region that would enable the navy “to receive associated offshore patrol boats for effective maritime patrols”.
The Daily Guide newspaper quoted Nitiwul as saying the USD200 million covered both the base and offshore patrol vessels “capable of staying at sea for a long time to be able to patrol our exclusive economic zone”.
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