Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Accra

Kotoka International Airport
Osu Castle
President Kwame Nkrumah, a celebrated Pan African and anti-colonialist, was the first president of Ghana.
Nkrumah led Ghana from 1960-1966.
Nkrumah was one of the founders of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)
Nkrumah supported anti-colonialist forces in Rhodesia (modern day Zimbabwe)

1966 coup overthrew President Nkrumah while he was visiting North Vietnam. The coup that deposed Nkrumah was believed to have received help from the CIA. Nkrumah always feared some imperialist intelligence agency would try to assassinate him. He died of skin cancer while in exile.

7,000 military personnel?

Ghana Air Force
Approximately 1,000 personnel

Aero L-39 Albatros trainer/light attack aircraft

Hongdu K-8 trainer/light attack aircraft (4)
Aermacchi MB-326 trainer/light attack aircraft

Britten-Norman Islander transport aircraft
Fokker F27 Friendship transport aircraft

Fokker F28 Fellowship transport aircraft
Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft
Mi-2 helicopters
Mi-17 helicopters

Agusta A109 helicopters

Bell 412 helicopters

Alouette III helicopters

Ghana Navy
2,000 personnel (2010)?

Patrol Boats (10)
Fast Attack Craft (2)

Ghana sailors


Ratel-90 armored reconnaissance vehicles (25)

EE-9 Cascavel armored reconnaissance vehicles (3)
Ratel-20 infantry fighting vehicles (14)
Mowag Pirahna (61)

WZ523 armored personnel carriers

BTR-60 armored personnel carriers (6)
Casspir- South African made armored personnel carriers (4)
Tactica- South African made armored personnel carriers (20)
Rinkhals mine protected vehicles
ZFB-05 light armored vehicles (48)
Land Rover Defenders
URO VAMTAC 4x4 vehicles

RM-70 122mm multiple rocket launchers
Type 81 122mm multiple rocket launchers (3)
Type 63 107mm multiple rocket launchers (5)

Ratel-81 6x6 wheeled self propelled mortar with 81mm mortar (4)
Tempella M73 120mm mortars
M-65 120mm mortars

RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers
Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers
LAW Mk 80

Browning M2HB machine guns
Browning M1919 machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
Bren Mk II machine guns
AA-52 machine guns
M-16 assault rifles
G3 assault rifles
AK-47/AKM assault rifles
HK33 assault rifles
Sterling sub-machine guns
HK MP5 sub-machine guns
Smith and Wesson .38 pistols
HP-35 pistols

Airborne battalion
Commando regiment

Special Forces

Military Police with red beret

Air Defense
SA-7 shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
ZU-23-2 towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns
ZPU-4 towed 14.5mm anti-aircraft guns



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