Ghana Navy Ships
Snake Class Patrol Vessels
46.8m patrol vessels ordered from China’s Poly Technologies subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation in 2011 and delivered to GN (Ghana Navy) in October 2011. The boats were commissioned 21 February 2012.
|GNS Blika||P34||Qingdao Qianjin Shipyard, China||1 April 2011?||21 Feb 2012||Active|
|GNS Garinga||P35||Qingdao Qianjin Shipyard, China||1 April 2011?||21 Feb 2012||Active|
|GNS Chemle||P36||Qingdao Qianjin Shipyard, China||1 April 2011?||21 Feb 2012||Active|
|GNS Ehwor||P37||Qingdao Qianjin Shipyard, China||1 April 2011?||21 Feb 2012||Active|
Balsam Class Patrol Ships
U. S. Coast Guard vessels. After serving the USCG for 57 years, Woodrush was decommissioned on March 2, 2001 and sold to GN (Ghana Navy) to serve as GNS Anzone P30.
|GNS Anzone (~shark)||P30||Marine Iron & Ship Builders||28 April 1944||22 September 1944||2001||Active||USCGC Woodrush (WLB-407)|
|GNS Bonsu (~whale)||P31||Marine Iron & Ship Builders||31 December 1943||26 July 1944||2001||Active||USCGC Sweetbrier (WLB-401)|
Chamsuri Class Patrol Boat
Republic of Korea Navy vessels. Chamsuri means ‘Sea Dolphin’.
|GNS Stephen Otu||P33||Korea Tacoma, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hanjin Heavy Industries||July 1980||21 January 2011||Active||PKM 237||
Albatros Class Fast Attack Craft
German navy. Purchased in 2005 at $35 million for the two ships.
|GNS Sebo (~leopard)||P27||Fr Lurssen Werft GmbH & Co||19 September 1979||2 May 1980||2010||Active|
|GNS Dzata (~lion)||P31||Fr Lurssen Werft GmbH & Co||19 September 1979||4 December 1979||2010||Active|
Warrior class/Gepard Class Fast Attack Craft
German navy S74 Nerz and S77 Dachs. Purchased at $37 million for the two ships.
|GNS Yaa Asantewaa||Fr Lurssen Werft GmbH & Co||14 July 1983||31 July 2012||Active|
|GNS Naa Gbewaa||Fr Lurssen Werft GmbH & Co||22 March 1984||31 July 2012||Active|
USCG Defender Class Boat
U. S. Coast Guard. In 2008, the Ghana Navy acquired three such boats from the US navy. They were handed over to the GN Western Naval Command in Sekondi-Takoradi. On 13 March 2010, presented 4 additional boats.
- GNS Achimota (P28) – Flagship of the Ghana Navy. German built FPB 57 class patrol ship (Launched: 14 March 1979, commissioned: 27 March 1981)
- GNS Yogaga (P29) – German built FPB 57 class patrol ship (1979)
- GNS David Hansen – Named after David Animle Hansen, first Ghanaian Chief of Staff of the Ghana Navy. A single 20 m-long ex-US Navy PB Mk III inshore patrol craft that was built in the 1970s and transferred to Ghana in 2001.
- On 10 December 2010, the Ghana Navy received six new speedboats with complete accessories from Ghana Red Cross to facilitate its rescue mission in the country. The accessories included six Yamaha outboard motors, life jackets, life lines, first aid equipment and maintenance tools.
The initial fleet of the navy consisted of two Ham class minesweepers, GNS Yogaga and GNS Afadzato. They were re-commissioned on 31 October 1959. They were joined by four T43-class minesweepers from the Soviet Union between 1961–64, three Komar-class missile boats between 1962–65 and another in 1980, and two Yurka-class minesweepers in 1981-82. In 1965, a large frigate was ordered by the government of President Nkrumah, intended to also serve as the presidential yacht. The warship was laid down by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Scotland under the name Black Star, but when Nkrumah was deposed in a coup in the following year, the project was cancelled. The ship was eventually bought by the Royal Navy and then sold to Malaysia as the KD Hang Tuah
See Also: Other Details of Ghana Navy