By Cecil Mensah
Real Admiral Geoffrey Mawuko Bierko, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) was last week pulled out of the Ghana Navy headquarters in Burma Camp at a colourful ceremony attended by the immediate past Chief of Denfence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie.
Real Admiral Bierko, joined the Army in June 7, 1974 as young man with one hundred cadets and after forty year of service, assumed the position of Navy command on March 28, 2013.
On January 4, 2016, Real Admiral Biekro, was asked to take a bow and lay down his tools after forty years of service to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Speaking at his pulling out ceremony, Real Admiral Biekro, thanked the President, John Dramani Mahama, and the Commander –in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces for the opportunity he gave him to serve as the Chief of Naval Staff.
He further thanked the Minister for Defence, Dr Benjamin Kumbour, and the service commanders for the great support they extended to him over the years.
‘’Am particularly thankful to you all for the work we did together to push our dear Navy forward. Thanks for the frank and honest discussions, laughter and generosity that you showed me. I will forever treasure the many relationships that we have developed over the year,” he said
He did not mince words to thank some important personalities, including his mentors, friends, classmates, colleagues, family and individuals, who have impacted positively on him as the CNS.
He said, during his reign as CNS, he embarked on goodwill visits to Togo, Benin and La Cote d’Ivoire with two warships and the Navy Regimental Band.
According to him, the purpose of the visits, was to foster closer cooperation towards fighting the security challenges confronting the sub-region.
He said, the Naval Base in Secondi, has built a new Ultra-modern Mechanical Transport yard and an Ultra-modern multi –Purpose court sports complex.
The swimming pool at the Secondi Naval Base, has also been renovated and fitted with Olympic standard seats and accommodation for officers has also been tackled, as it continue to provide new blocks at Kweikuma.
The incoming CNS, Real Admiral, Paul Kofi Faidoo, on his part expressed gratitude to the almighty God for making his elevation possible after 36 years of service to the army.
He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the President, John Dramani Mahama and Commander –In-Chief of the Armed Forces for the opportunity to serve the nation at the highest level.