Contemporary practice and keeping with changing times to bring into harmony with other sister services in the provision of uniform insignia in all three arms of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has caused the deeply-rooted-in-tradition Ghana Navy, to introduce gorgets for uniforms of her Captains up to Admirals.
The historic ceremony took place at the Navy headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra, on Tuesday, the 13th of March, 2018.
The Ghana Navy, which is very much aligned with the British and India navies, has had to reconsider her views on gorgets, as her affiliates have hitherto, all gone the way of wearing gorgets as insignia for very senior officers.
Instituted on July 29, 1959 Ghana Navy, the second service to be created in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), becomes the third to wear gorgets after the Army – which has worn red gorgets from Colonels to Generals from inception – and the Air Force (which wears blue gorgets from Group Captain through the Marshalls).
All her Captains, Commodores, Rear Admirals, Vice Admirals and Admirals, when available, on all their uniforms with little modifications to fit the kind of apparel for the occasion, will wear the Navy gorgets, golden in colour.
Appreciating the sentiments of fellow naval officers who maintain the belief of “no gorgets”, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral (R/Adr) Peter Kofi Faidoo, who said he was of similar sentiments, encouraged them with a quote by George Bernard Shaw that “those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything”.
Present at the ceremony were senior military officers from the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the Defence Attachés of the Russian and United States Embassies.
By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp